BY BUDDY NEVINS
Broward County should be former state Sen. Nan Rich’s territory.
After all she represented Weston and was the state Senate’s Democratic leader.
But a poll done last month shows Rich is largely unknown even in House District 100, which stretches from South Broward to Northeast Miami-Dade Counties. House 100 is a heavily Democratic district.
Of the 300 Democratic likely primary voters polled, 60.5 percent say they never heard of Rich.
Her opponent Charlie Crist was not known by 16 percent of the voters.
Steve Geller, a former state senator and Crist supporter, said of Crist: “Eighty four percent name recognition is pretty good.”
Floridians For A Stronger Tomorrow, an independent committee run by Geller, commissioned the poll.
Meanwhile, the leader for the open House District 100 seat in the same poll was – undecided.
In the four-way contest, one-time Miami-Dade Democratic Chair Joe Geller was ahead of Hallandale Commissioner Alex Lewy, 19 to 11.7 percent.
Joe Geller is Steve Geller’s brother.
The other two candidates are John Paul Alvarez at 9 percent and Ben Sorensen at 7.7 percent.
The real leader was undecided at 52.7 percent.
The poll of 300 Democratic Super Voters in the south Broward and northeast Miami-Dade district took place March 20-22. Of those polled by interviewers using a telephone, 45 percent were in Broward and 55 percent were in Miami-Dade based on previous turnout.
The polling firm was Precision Research.