The Media in Florida, I just heard on local radio, is now reporting that the Republican Party of Florida advised Katherine Harris that the Party would not support her in the election.
UPDATE: The Gainesville Sun is reporting that the letter, which has been just released, was originally drafted on May 7, 2006.
Why would we see this letter coming out now? The only source could be the Republican Party of Florida or one of many former Harris Campaign workers. While not suggestive of the source, it is now looking like the primary may turn into a horse race:
Strategic Vision has one set of primary numbers showing Harris slippage:
“The poll was released Tuesday by Atlanta-based Strategic Vision, a Republican polling and consulting firm. It showed 45 percent of Republicans chose Harris as the Republican nominee, down from 48 percent a month ago.
But more revealing, said David Johnson, the firm’s chief executive, is that support for Orlando-area attorney Will McBride jumped from 6 percent to 22 percent in the past month, and the number of undecided voters went up significantly”
Mason Dixon is reporting:
“In the primary contest, Harris led the field of four with 36 percent, followed by Will McBride, 11 percent; LeRoy Collins Jr., 8 percent; and Peter Monroe, 2 percent, with 43 percent undecided.
The poll consisted of telephone interviews July 19-21 with 625 likely voters. The error margin was 4 percentage points.”
As this letter gains more attention in Florida, it is becoming very clear that if Will McBride wants to win the Prmary, he has it in his grasp. Florida voters are realizing that financial supporting harris is throwing good money at bad and her name on the ballot in November will not help the rest of the Republican ticket. I am not saying that McBride can defeat Nelson however, I am saying that he would create a unified base for the November election.