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Florida Democrats Want Hillary Clinton

Brent Danley
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Update: Vice President Joe Biden announced he is not running for the Democratic nomination after this story was first published.

Hillary Clinton is the favored presidential candidate among Florida Democrats and it’s not even close. That’s according to a new University of North Florida poll of likely Democratic voters.

Nearly 55 percent say Clinton is their first choice, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders with about 16 percent. 11 percent say they would support Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to declare his candidacy.

On WJCT’s “First Coast Connect” Wednesday, UNF professor Mike Binder said he doesn’t think Biden has much of a chance of winning.

"I think timing-wise is too late for him," Binder said. "I don't think the field is right for him. He’s running up another establishment candidate in Hillary Clinton who just last week put on a fantastic performance."

Binder says close to a quarter of those surveyed say Biden is their second choice.

The poll also found Democrats rate education and the economy as top reasons for selecting a candidate.

UNF also recently polled Republicans, who said the economy, immigration and terrorism were their most important issues.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.