In latest poll of CD 13 GOP primary, David Jolly pulling away from Kathleen Peters

By on December 31, 2013
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The latest poll of the Republican primary in the special election in Congressional District 13 finds David Jolly pulling away from rival Kathleen Peters.

Among GOP voters who said they have or would vote in the Jan. 14 election, Jolly has opened an eleven point lead over Peters, 39 percent to 28 percent. Mark Bircher is still in third at 18 percent. Fifteen percent of Republican voters said they are still undecided. 

The survey was conducted by St. Pete Polls and commissioned by SaintPetersBlog.com. The full report can be found below.

Less than a month ago, this race was deadlocked. However, as Jolly has smartly expended his significant resource advantage, he has built a comfortable lead over Peters. Other observers contend that Peters’ campaign took a wrong turn when it accused Jolly of lobbying for Obamacare and built a negative campaign around the issue.

Going inside the numbers, Jolly has a lead with both voters who say they have already cast a ballot and those who said they plan to vote before or on Jan. 14.

Among those who have voted early, Jolly leads Peters 39 percent to 34 percent. More than eighteen thousand votes in this have already been returned, according to the Pinellas Supervisor of Elections.

Jolly has a wider lead among those who have yet to cast a ballot but say they will. With those voters, he leads 40 percent to 23 percent.

Congressional District 13 voters were also asked their opinion about the Affordable Care Act. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they favor a repeal of Obamacare without any replacement, while 27% would like to see ACA’s repeal, but with some sort of replacement. Twelve percent want to see the law left alone.

The poll was conducted December 30 and has a margin of error of 4.4%.