Lawton “Bud” Chiles, son of the late Democratic Florida Senator and Governor Lawton Chiles, recently announced he is running in the gubernatorial election as an Independent. After his announcement, many Democratic party operatives feared that his bid would disproportionately draw away the votes of their members. However, recent polling appears to dispel this notion.
PublicPolicyPolling recently released a slew of polls in the Sunshine state, and the latest includes the Governor’s race. Tom Jensen, the Director of PPP, commented that
Despite his double digit performance Bud Chiles isn’t having a particularly strong impact at this point because he’s not pulling disproportionately from either Democratic or Republican leaning voters. Against Scott he gets 14% of McCain voters and 11% of Obama voters, and against McCollum he gets 14% of McCain voters and 13% of Obama voters.