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New UNF Poll Shows Curry With Strong Lead In Jacksonville Mayoral Race

Mayoral candidates Anna Lopez Brosche and Lenny Curry

A new University of North Florida poll shows City Councilwoman Anna Lopez Brosche is a distant second in the race against incumbent Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

The Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF found 52 percent of respondents plan to vote for Curry and 15 percent for Brosche. If that were the vote total on election day, March 19, it would mean Curry would win reelection without needing to compete in a runoff.

Candidates need 50 percent of the vote, plus one, to win outright on March 19. Otherwise, the top two vote getters in each race will square off in a May 14 runoff.

Related: Complete UNF poll results in all city races

Brosche and Curry are both Republicans. No Democrats are running for mayor. The other mayoral candidates are:

“It’s very late in the game to dramatically change the narrative of these races,” said Michael Binder, faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Lab at UNF. 
See Also: Jacksonville City Elections Voters Guide

Brosche has courted Democrats, but UNF’s poll indicates that’s not working as well as her campaign might hope. That's despite voters reporting that crime is an important concern.

Binder said on First Coast Connect with Melissa RossWednesday that among some voters Brosche's targeting of Democrats might actually be helping Curry. “I think part of it is the political aspect. He's a Republican. Republicans are concerned about crime, they might view Anna as a turncoat, because she’s reached out to Democrats in this community,” said Binder.

Among Democrats, 25 percent indicate they plan to vote for Curry, 25 percent for Brosche, 12 percent for Allen and 2 percent for Hill. Thirty-two percent of Democratic likely voters are undecided.

Of Republican likely voters, 78 percent say they will vote for Curry, while only 4 percent indicate they’ll vote for Brosche, 4 percent for Hill and 1 percent for Allen. Thirteen percent don’t know.

As of Wednesday at 2 p.m. there were 247,414 Democrats and 220,552 Republicans registered to vote in Duval County, according to the Supervisor of Elections website

Incumbent Sheriff Mike Williams could also be headed to a one-round victory with 56 percent saying they would vote for him and 33 percent saying they would vote for challenger Tony Cummings.

The poll was compiled February 16 through 19, by live callers via telephone.  UNF says its sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

The complete methodology used is available on UNF’s website.

WJCT's Melissa Ross contributed to this report.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at, 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.