Florida Politics: Poll: James Reyes leads Sheriff’s race, Donald Trump endorsement not enough to sway GOP Primary

Democratic Public Safety Chief James Reyes is the most popular of 17 candidates running for Miami-Dade Sheriff, according to polling from his campaign that shows his Donald Trump-endorsed opponent isn’t likely to win her Primary.

A survey this month by Reyes’ senior campaign adviser, Christian Ulvert, found that 38.5% of likely voters in the county plan to cast ballots for him. Another 29.5% say they’re backing Assistant Miami-Dade Police Director Rosie Cordero-Stutz, who received a Trump nod last month.

The problem for Cordero-Stutz, Ulvert found, is that she doesn’t appear to have the support to emerge victorious from the Republican Primary. Most decided GOP voters prefer Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joe Sanchez, who scored similarly in a theoretical head-to-head matchup against Reyes in polling Ulvert conducted in March.

For his latest poll, Ulvert reported surveying 1,792 likely Miami-Dade voters May 15-20. Democrats hold a 6.5-point lead over Republicans in the county; however, he modeled the poll with +5 Democratic voter participation to reflect “turnout trends in presidential election cycles.”

That augmentation could be negated — or doubled — by the poll’s 4.8-percentage-point margin of error.

Twenty-one percent of Republican respondents say they plan to vote for Sanchez in a GOP Primary. Seven percent say they’ll support retired Miami-Dade Police Maj. Mario Knapp, while 6% are behind Cordero-Stutz and 3% prefer Miami-Dade Police Maj. Jose Aragu.

That order of preference aligns with the levels at which each candidate has been amassing campaign cash.

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