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New poll of 2014 Democratic primary: Sink 31%, Crist 29% — shouldn’t Sink be worried?

By on September 11, 2012

A poll of who Florida Democrats prefer to be their gubernatorial standard bearer in 2014 shows Alex Sink and Charlie Crist all but tied.

In a hypothetical head-to-head matchup, Sink got 31 percent to 29 percent for Crist.

Taken Aug. 5-7 by Democratic firm SE&A Research, the poll shows 59 percent of Florida Democrats have a somewhat or very favorable opinion of Crist and 52 percent have a somewhat or very favorable view of Alex Sink.

While the survey does show Sink with a narrow two-point lead, isn’t this poll actually bad news for Sink?

Crist isn’t (yet) a registered Democrat but he does as well in the party as someone who has twice run statewide as a Democrat — three times if you count Sink’s husband, Bill McBride.

Doesn’t it stand to reason that Crist could/will only gain further support among Democratic voters the more he moves to left? Won’t he pick up Democratic votes by continuing to campaign with President Obama? Won’t he gain additional support as Democratic elected officials, specifically those in the African American community where already enjoys broad support, endear the former Governor to those voting in the Democratic primary.

Conversely, what can Sink do to impress Democratic voters? Don’t they know he well enough already? What can she say in 2014 that will convince an undecided Democratic voter that she really, really deserves a second chance?

Sink and her husband had two opportunities to win the governor’s mansion and failed both times. If nothing else, this poll shows one thing: Democratic voters are hungry to vote for someone they believe can win in 2014.

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