This past week, the Florida Chamber of Commerce released a poll on the upcoming 2018 race for U.S. Senate and only included two potential candidates for respondents to choose, one of which hasn’t even filed to run for the office. There are actually nine candidates who have filed for the position and qualification will not happen until next year.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has not filed to run for the U.S. Senate race in Florida yet the Florida Chamber included him in a poll up against Bill Nelson, who has filed to run again. The poll only included 615 respondents, so it shouldn’t be taken very seriously; however, the results of the poll were widely distributed.
This type of exclusionary polling is discriminatory towards other candidates vying for the job. It keeps their names off media pages while also discrediting their campaigns. Hopefully, we will not see this type of exclusionary polling and news coverage from organizations after Florida’s qualification period, especially those benefiting from being a registered non-profit.
The seven candidates who have filed as of this morning to be the next U.S. Senator from Florida can be found below. Florida voters will not know exactly who will be on their ballot until next year when qualification ends at Noon on May 4, 2018.
Edward Janowski – NPA (no party affiliation)
Michael Pompura – Republican (no campaign website found)
Joe Smith – Republican (no campaign website found)