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FL-Gov: Democratic primary still close four days out from election

Former Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine (left) and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (D-Fla.) are the two Democratic front-runners heading into Tuesday's gubernatorial primary in Florida. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

The two Democratic front-runners in Florida's gubernatorial primary are neck and neck — just four days before the state's election primary.

Who are the candidates?

Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham are still solidly in the lead, while Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is still close enough for a potential upset.

According to a poll conducted Aug. 19-21 by Tom Eldon of SEA Polling and Strategic Design, Levine currently sits in the lead with 26 percent. Graham follows with 25, a difference well within the margin of error of +/- 3.79 percent.

Gillum is further behind with 18 percent, but a 15 percent response for "undecided" leaves him still in the running. Billionaire candidate Jeff Greene and businessman Chris King trail with 13 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

When it comes to favorability, Levine won with 57 percent of respondents viewing him favorably. Graham followed with 54 percent, and Gillum came next with 45 percent. Although Greene had 43 percent favorability, he also had the most unfavorability at 32 percent. That's 12 points higher than the next highest unfavorability rating (20 percent for Graham).

What else?

Gillum can thank this opportunity, in part, to attack ads launched by Greene against Graham and Levine. Although his ads did not help Greene's own prospects, they allowed Gillum to gain ground.

“[Jeff Greene] was correct thinking he could knock down some folks with all the negative ads he has put up. It just didn’t benefit him,” Rep. Evan Jenne (D) told the Tallahassee Democrat. “Mayor Gillum has really benefited from not being on the receiving end of any negative attention in terms of advertisements and mailers.”

In the home stretch, Graham has received an additional $500,000 donation from her father, former Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham. The older Graham has donated more than $1 million in total to his daughter's campaign.

One last thing…
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