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Poll: Carlos Beruff surges to lead with Republican activists


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carlos Beruff's television blitz appears to be working. A new email-based poll of 1,885 Republican activists statewide shows the Manatee County homebuilder is the choice of 27.2 percent of likely primary voters. That would give him an 8 percentage point lead over his closest competitor, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, who is getting 19.3 percent of the support, according to the email poll run by the Sarasota County Republican Party.

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra Beach,  was in third with 17.8 percent. Orlando area businessman Todd Wilcox was at 9.4 percent. And Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera was getting 6.5 percent.

Beruff only got into the race at the end of February but has committed over $1 million of his own money to help fund television commercials that have been airing for most of the last four weeks.

The poll showed 13.8 percent still are unsure of who they will support. Even though it was a poll of Republican activist, 3.2 percent said they support U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, and 2.8 percent said they'd support Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando.