BY BUDDY NEVINS
Republican and campaign polls of Broward voters show Sheriff Al Lamberti ahead, mirroring the results of a Browardbeat.com exclusive poll released Wednesday.
The GOP polls actually have Lamberti beating Democrat Scott Israel by a larger margin than the poll done exclusively for Browardbeat.com. One poll has Lamberti ahead by 15 percentage points.
News of the polls comes from two sources – one an adviser to the GOP Lamberti campaign and another a leading Republican.
The Browardbeat.com poll conducted by Jim Kane’s The Florida Voter used survey methods which overemphasized the sample of blacks. Kane believes that group will have larger than normal turnout this year.
The poll also sampled a larger than normal group of newly registered voters for the same reason.
I personally believed this year that anyone with the label Democrat would win in Broward. I wrote that on Browardbeat.com repeatedly.
The poll results from the GOP and The Florida Voter surprised me and pollster Kane, who agreed with me that this is a Democratic year. But they accurately reflect voter sentiment a week before Election Day.
I’m curious what Israel’s own surveys show. The Democrats I know haven’t been too forthcoming, which usually means they are down in the polls.
By Election Day, who knows?