Crist, who held three of Florida’s highest elected state offices when he was still a Republican, and then switched to being a Democrat during the Obama years, was supported by 54 percent of the 800 Florida Democrats polled by GBAO. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was second, with 28 percent. State Sen. Annette Taddeo, who ran as Crist’s lieutenant governor in 2014 when he was beaten by incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was a distant third, with 7 percent. The rest were undecided.

Crist Widens Lead In Florida Democrats’ Money Chase

Crist, who held three of Florida’s highest elected state offices when he was still a Republican, and then switched to being a Democrat during the Obama years, was supported by 54 percent of the 800 Florida Democrats polled by GBAO. State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was second, with 28 percent. State Sen. Annette Taddeo, who ran as Crist’s lieutenant governor in 2014 when he was beaten by incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, was a distant third, with 7 percent. The rest were undecided.

Congressman Charlie Crist in April continued to expand his fund-raising edge in the Democratic primary for governor, collecting slightly more than $1 million through his campaign and political committee.

According to newly filed finance reports, Crist’s campaign raised $550,422 during the month and had about $1.76 million in cash on hand as of April 30.

His committee, Friends of Charlie Crist, raised $460,325 and had nearly $4.19 million on hand. Meanwhile, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is competing with Crist in the primary, raised a total of about $434,000 in April.

Fried collected $140,330 for her campaign account and had $1.26 million on hand as of April 30. Fried’s political committee, Florida Consumers First, raised $293,708 and had about $2.59 million on hand.

State political candidates and committees faced a Tuesday night deadline for filing updated finance reports. Reports for Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Democratic candidate for governor, had not been posted to the state Division of Elections website early Tuesday evening.

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