Poll shows Atwater up, Aronberg down in respective statewide races

May 12, 2010

Michael Bender

Palm Beach Post Blog

Palm Beach County lawmakers hoping to springboard into statewide office
are in very different positions, according to a new Mason Dixon poll
released this morning.

Senate President Jeff Atwater, R-North Palm Beach, is up 33 percent
to 26 percent over former state Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, in
the likely match up of state chief financial officer candidates.

Technically, Atwater still has a primary opponent in Rep. Pat
Patterson of DeLand. But Atwater holds a 30-to-1 fundraising advantage
and Patterson has said he will not use Atwater’s support for Senate Bill 6 in the race. Patterson voted against it, but said the education issue wouldn’t be appropriate in a CFO race.

Meanwhile, the poll shows state Sen. Dave Aronberg of Greenacres
locked in a dogfight with fellow Sen. Dan Gelber of Miami Beach in the
Democratic primary for attorney general . The poll, which has a 4
percent margin of error showed Gelber with 15 percent, Aronberg with 12
percent and undecided with 73 percent.

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