A third straw poll in a week found solid support among Central Florida Republicans for Adam Putnamfor Governor and Ashley Moodyfor Attorney General.
This poll was taken Saturday evening among 191 attendees of the Red White & Blue BBQ hosted by three Central Florida Republican women’s clubs: Republicans in Action, Orlando Republican Women Federation, and the Winter Park Republican Women Federation.
Agriculture Commissioner Putnam easily topped Republican gubernatorial primary rival U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis125-40, with Bob Whiteand Bruce Nathaneach picking up a few votes.
Former Circuit Court Judge Moody beat state Rep. Frank White 115 to 41 among top Republican candidates for the AG’s job.
And as in those and all other polls, Gov. Rick Scottwas the overwhelming pick for the U.S. Senate primary, 167-10 over Rocky de la Fuente.
There were a couple of distinct differences in the Republican women’s BBQ straw poll Saturday evening and the earlier two.
In the Republican women’s poll, state Sen. Denise Grimsleyedged out state Rep. Matt Caldwellas the choice for the Republican Agriculture Commissioner nominee, 63-59. Mike McCalisterpicked up another 16 votes, and former state Rep. Baxter Troutman, 7. Caldwell solidly won the previous two straw polls.
State Rep. Mike Millerwas the women’s solid choice to be the Republican nominee in Florida’s 7th Congressional District. Miller picked up 129 votes to Scott Sturgill‘s 33 and Vennia Francois‘s 11. Sturgill had solidly won the previous two polls, which were taken entirely in Seminole County, where Sturgill lives. The women’s poll was of two women’s groups from Orange County, where Miller is from, and one from Seminole.
In two Flordia House of Representatives races that have Republican primaries, the Republican women strongly supported Orlando lawyer Mikaela Nixover Stockton Reeves for House District 47 [138-20;] and state Rep.Rene Plasenciaover George Collinsin House District 50 [99-34.]
The women’s groups also were polled on some nonpartisan races in Orange and Seminole counties and managed to pick the Republicans in each race that had at least one, while giving Democrats in those races little support.
The partisan primaries and nonpartisan elections are August 28.
In the Orange County mayoral race, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarkewas the top choice with 89 votes, and businessman Rob Panepintoreceived 71. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, the only Democrat in the nonpartisan contest, got just nine votes.
And in the countywide Orange County School Board chair’s race, the attendees picked Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, with 77 votes, and gave almost no support to her chief rival, Orange County School Board Member Nancy Robbinson, who got 17 points. Jacobs is a Republican, Robbinson, a Democrat. Two minor candidates in that contest, teacher Robert Prater, and vocational school administrator Matt Fitzpatrick, both finished ahead of Robbinson, with 20 and 18 votes respectively.
In other contests, the groups preferred former state Rep. and former Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummerin the Orange County Commission District 2 race; Pete Crottyin Orange County Commission District 3; Gina Perez-Calhounin Orange County Commission District 4; and Robin Harrisin the Orange County Commission District 5 race.
Also interesting was the District 4 and 6 contests.
In District 4, Perez-Calhoun solidly topped another Republican, Susan Makowski, 72-23 [with another 33 votes split among three Democrats in the field,] even though Makowski, a former aide to incumbent Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, has raised almost ten times as much money as Perez-Calhoun.
In the District 6 race, the Republican women picked the progressive Democratic activist, Harris, over the far more moderate incumbent Democratic Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin, by a 66-37 vote. There are no Republicans in that contest.
In Seminole County Commission races, the attendees pickedJay Zembower in District 2, and Ray Lockhartin District 4.
In Orange County School Board races, the top choices were Angie Galloin District 1; Chadwick Hardeein District 2; Linda Kobertin District 3; Patricia Foxin District 4; and Melissa Byrdin District 7.
In Seminole County School Board races, the top choices were Alan Youngblood[by one vote over Cade Resnick] in District 1, and Ray Penneckin District 4.