In a statewide scientific poll conducted by StPetePolls, 3,034 people were surveyed about the upcoming gubernatorial election. Of those people surveyed 40.1% said they would support possible Democrat candidate and former Republican governor Charlie Crist, while only 29.5% would support the reelection of incumbent Republican governor, Rick Scott. The poll also revealed that there is a Libertarian candidate within striking distance of both.
Adrian Wyllie polled at 8.7% of the vote, which may be the strongest showing ever for a Libertarian in a Florida gubernatorial race. With undecided voters polling at 21.7%, the election is “anyone’s game” at this early point in the race.
The results may have come as a surprise to pollsters and political analysts, but not to the Wyllie campaign. Wyllie has been running a highly-effective, grassroots campaign around the state of Florida. He and his team have tirelessly canvassed the state, listening to the concerns of the voters, and talking about his common sense approach to the problems facing the State of Florida. He has amassed a campaign team of over 500 volunteers around the state, and is making a substantial impact on social media.
Wyllie’s early success is evidenced by the number of people who come to hear him speak various campaign stops. Over the past few months, his speaking events have grown from drawing a handful of supporters, to attracting hundreds of people from across the political spectrum.
With every speech, Wyllie leaves them with a simple message. “My campaign is about getting government out of your wallet, your bedroom, and your business. That’s how we return prosperity and freedom to Florida,” said Wyllie. “The people get it. Crist and Scott don’t.”
Speaking with Second Amendment supporters
This simple concept is backed by a strong and detailed economic plan for bringing jobs and prosperity back to the state, and limiting the federal control over Florida’s economy. His campaign team has been effectively sending out Wyllie’s position on key issues around the state through a vast social media network. His volunteers are knocking on doors, getting thousands of petitions signed and representing the campaign at events around the state.
As the polling data indicates, Floridians may be increasingly skeptical of Democrats and Republicans ability to create new jobs, fix our economy, and restore our freedom. “If you want a different result, you have to take a different action,” said Wyllie, “Voting for either of the two major parties, and expecting different results, borders on insanity.”
Wyllie’s support is fairly consistent across political lines, with 6.9% support among Democrats and 9.4% among Republicans. And his support base seems to be ethnically diverse as well, with 8.8% support among whites, 9.1% among blacks, and 8.0% among Hispanics. Wyllie’s support from younger voters seems to be solid as well, with nearly 11% support from voters in both the 18-29 and 30-49 age groups.
But Wyllie is sure to be dwarfed by his competition in the category of fundraising. Between their corporate sponsors and super political action committees (PACs), there’s little doubt that Crist and Scott will amass upwards of a hundred million dollars or more. Wyllie says his goal is to raise $2 million, with the vast majority coming from individual donors.
With social media leveling the playing field, and an electorate jaded by establishment politicians’ big-money campaigns, there may be an open door for a grassroots Libertarian. And given his strong early poll results, Wyllie sees a growing possibility for an upset in the 2014 governor’s race.
“The odds on the underdog in this race just increased dramatically, and we’re only getting started,” said Wyllie. “We have a path to victory that doesn’t include special interest money or back room politics…it’s simply about liberty for the people of Florida.”