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Buckhorn internal poll shows lead over Ferlita

Posted Mar 10, 2011 by Christian M. Wade

Updated Mar 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Bob Buckhorn leads Rose Ferlita in Tampa’s mayoral race, according to an internal poll released today by Buckhorn’s campaign.

In a survey of 300 registered voters likely to vote in the March 22 runoff, Buckhorn, a former Tampa City Council member, leads Ferlita, a former Hillsborough County Commissioner and former council member, 44 percent to 38 percent, according to Virginia-based Frederick Polls, which conducted the poll for his campaign. There’s a 5.6 percentage point margin of error.

The poll, conducted March 3-6, shows 18 percent still undecided in the race.

Support for Buckhorn is particularly strong among those who voted for Tom Scott and Ed Turanchik in the March 1 elections, when both were edged out of the race, the poll found. Dick Greco supporters are evenly spilt between the two runoff candidates, according to the poll. Greco placed third in the election.

“Bob Buckhorn is the clear favorite among most of the voters who supported one of the other candidates in the March 1 election,” the group wrote. See details of the poll here.

The release of the poll comes a few days after the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce released a poll showing Ferlita leading Buckhorn.

That poll, conducted by Hamilton Campaigns, surveyed 300 registered voters likely to vote in the March 22 runoff, showed Ferlita leading Buckhorn 43 percent to 33 percent There’s a 5.7 percentage point margin of error. Conducted from March 2-6, the chamber poll shows 24 percent of still undecided in the race.

Ferlita’s campaign called the timing of Buckhorn’s release of the poll results “questionable.”

“Two days after the chamber poll, they release this internal poll showing them with a lead,” campaign consultant Anthony Pedicini said. “That seems questionable.”

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