New Poll: Crist in Pole Position
The surprise among the Democrats is Pam Iorio, Democrat mayor of Tampa, whose 29 percent against Crist makes her a slightly better match-up than congressmen Kendrick Meek and Ron Klein (who's yet to declare) and Florida Sen. Dan Gelber. Will this poll be the nudge she needs to announce her candidacy?
Polls this far in advance of an election are all about name recognition, a factor that's going to put Crist way ahead. Thing is, shouldn't Meek, Gelber and Klein all have more name recognition than Iorio, considering they're state and federal officials who are known commodities in the more populous South Florida? For those three candidates, this poll reminds them they'll have to spend a lot of time pressing the flesh in Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Pensacola. No one said this was going to be easy, guys.