Bush, Rubio far ahead in Florida poll

Bush and Rubio combined capture half the votes in the poll

Jeb Bush
Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, center, shakes hands while participating in the Fourth of July Parade in Amherst, N.H., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Jeb Bush leads the field of Republican presidential candidates in Florida, according to a new Gravis Marketing poll.

The former Florida governor takes 27.5 percent of the vote, with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio coming in second at 23 percent. Combined, the two Florida residents (and friends) capture half the votes in the poll that surveyed Republicans about who they would vote for if the Republican primary were held today. The next candidates behind them are U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 8.8 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 8.7 percent.

In the poll, 13.3 percent of respondents said they were unsure who would get their vote.

In a separate question just asking about Bush and Rubio, the two candidates are separated by less than a point, with Bush at 38.7 percent and Rubio at 39.4 percent. Florida’s Republican primary is a winner-take-all contest where all the state’s delegates will be awarded to the winner.

Among Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a 40-point lead over her closest competitor. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is second with 20.6 percent followed by former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley with 2.1 percent, while 9.5 percent responded they are unsure who they would vote for in the primary.

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