The Orlando Sentinel reported today, that in early polling, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs would defeat Val Demings later this year by a margin of 48 to 33 percent. And that both candidates enjoy good favorability numbers (that story HERE).
The phone poll was done with 400 voters with a margin of error of 4.9%
What does this mean?: Well, it confirms what we already know. Teresa Jacobs is a popular incumbent and Demings has a steep uphill climb against her.
What Jacobs needs to do is to continue doing what got her elected in the first place. Be as transparent and upfront with the Voters about everything. I’m often annoyed that being “Mayoral” has hindered her ability to be the candidate that tossed aside the poetry and told you how it was, when she ran 4 years ago. She also needs to start touting hard numbers on her campaign literature. The County has money, and has saved money. Say something about that. She also needs to be prepared for attacks on Textgate, Expressway Authority Feuding, and the Tax Collector Office Tug of War which are all inevitable.
What Demings needs to do is get that campaign website up and start laying out specifics over what exactly her vision for Orange County is and why the voters should make a change. I’ve got some serious concerns over her policy knowledge. No way she survives a debate with Jacobs at this point. She also looks like she’s still running for Congress, with outside, partisan money coming in. What about her support here in Orange County?
Anyways, it’s still very early but double digit polling leads/deficits are nothing to take lightly.