Florida Insiders: John Morgan is strongest Dem for governor, but Gwen Graham probably wins primary
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan is scheduled to address the Tampa Tiger Bay Club today, which means Florida's political world once again considers whether he does or does not sound like a probable candidate. The man himself tells me he is more likely to run than I suspect he is, but many of Florida's savviest political operators also have their doubts.
Our latest Florida Insider Poll finds that nearly 70 percent of the 188 campaign consultants, political scientists, party activists, money-raisers and lobbyists we surveyed doubt the wealthy Orlando area attorney who bankrolled the successful medical marijuana ballot initiative will enter the race.
But nearly 47 percent also think Morgan would be the strongest Democratic nominee for governor in 2018 among the most likely major candidates. Nearly 39 percent said former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, 6 percent said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, 5 percent said wealthy businessman and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and 3 percent said Orlando businessman Chris King.
That's the good news for Morgan's gubernatorial deliberations. The bad? Less than 1 in 3 said they expect he would win the Democratic gubernatorial primary, versus 47 percent for Graham, 10 percent Gillum, 8 percent Levine, and 3 percent King.