Pensacola — A new poll from the Haas Center at University of West Florida shows that Republicans in the Panhandle are split over their gubernatorial candidates, while Democrats are widely supporting Gwen Graham for governor.

The report, released Thursday, was conducted from July 30 through Aug. 13 and surveyed 610 respondents across 18 Panhandle counties. According to the Haas Center, gubernatorial candidates Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam are in a “statistical tie” among registered Republicans, with DeSantis slightly edging out Putnam 30 percent to 28 percent.

Eighteen percent of Northwest Florida Republicans said they were “unsure” who they would vote for, and 10 percent said they did not know any of the candidates. The remaining 14 percent spread their votes among the rest of the candidates, including Don Baldauf, Tim Devine, John Joseph Mercadante, Bruce Natham and Bob White.


Graham led all Democratic candidates by a large margin, according to the polling data. About 39 percent of registered Democrats preferred Graham, while 17 percent supported Andrew Gillum. The remaining votes were spread out among Jeff Greene, Christopher King and Phillip Levine. Seventeen percent of Democrats contacted were unsure of the preference.

In the U.S. Senate race, respondents preferred Republican Gov. Rick Scott over incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson, 41 to 34 percent. More than 16 percent of voters said they weren’t sure how they would cast their ballot.

The Florida primaries are Aug. 28. Early voting runs through Aug. 25 in Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties.