Dr. Dena Grayson Surges to Commanding Lead in US Congressional Run

Gravis Research By Gravis Research June 20, 2016

Winter Springs, Fla. – The race to replace incumbent US Congressman Alan Grayson has come into clear focus, based on recent polling completed in Florida’s 9th Congressional District. Dr. Dena Grayson, a noted medical researcher and the wife of US Congressman Alan Grayson, holds a dominating 20-point advantage over her closest opponent. Dr. Grayson received overwhelming support from voters throughout the 9th District, which encompasses Osceola County and parts of Orange and Polk Counties.

Dr. Dena Grayson is an accomplished physician and medical researcher, and according to WKMG News, she is one of the leading experts on viruses in Central Florida. Her recent work to combat the Zika virus that threatens Central Floridians, along with her extensive history of researching cures for cancer and other deadly diseases and treating uninsured patients for free, appear to be convincing voters that she is the cure from what ails us in Washington DC.

The recent survey asked 554 registered Democratic voters who are likely to vote in the upcoming August 30th primary, “In the Democratic Primary Election for the U.S. House of Representatives, for whom would you vote?” Voters throughout the district overwhelmingly supported Dr. Dena Grayson, with 31 percent indicating that they would vote for her. Dr. Grayson holds a 20-point lead over her closest competitor, Darren Soto, who only received 11 percent. Opponent Susannah Randolph received just four percent, a level of support statistically equal to zero.  (The remaining voters said that they had yet to make up their minds as to which candidate to support.)

Among voters who expressed a preference for one of the three Congressional candidates, 67 percent of those polled supported Dr. Dena Grayson. Darren Soto captured only 24 percent support; Susannah Randolph received the support of just nine percent.  Dr. Dena Grayson thus led Darren Soto by 43 percent.

Dr. Grayson led in all demographic segments, including Hispanic voters, where she led with 31 percent, compared to 19 percent for Darren Soto and only two percent for Susannah Randolph. Dr. Grayson also held substantial double-digit leads among Caucasian and African-American voters, as well as among both male and female voters.

Although she already enjoys a commanding lead, the area of favorability showed a significant indication of potential further growth in support. When asked, “Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Dr. Dena Grayson,” 62 percent of voters indicated that they have a favorable opinion of Dr. Grayson, compared to just 12 percent who stated that they have an unfavorable opinion and 26 percent who were unsure. The favorability rating of her closest opponent in the Democrat primary, Darren Soto, is a direct contrast, with 58 percent stating that they have an unfavorable opinion of him, 28 percent unsure and only 13 percent favorable.

The voters were also asked for whom they would vote in the Democratic Primary for US Senate, where Alan Grayson received 46 percent support, more than a four-to-one lead against his closest competitor, Patrick Murphy, who netted just 10 percent support.

Cherie Bereta Hymel, the President of Gravis Marketing, offered some analysis of the recent poll for this US Congressional seat, which is being vacated by Rep. Alan Grayson.  “It appears that Dr. Dena Grayson is poised to win the Democratic nomination to be that party’s choice in the primary election, and she is doing so on her own merits,” Bereta Hymel stated. “Dr. Grayson has exceptional credentials to solve the problems and provide peace of mind to people who live in Central Florida.”

Bereta Hymel added, “Her dedication to help improve the health of Americans and increase Social Security and Medicare benefits for senior citizens, along with her established reputation in the medical community (including her key contributions to combat the dangerous Zika virus) has established trust among voters, something that career politicians are struggling to accomplish in this election cycle. This is her first attempt at running for any political office, and it appears that her campaign is doing a fantastic job of informing voters about what she can do for them.”

The poll sampled 554 registered Democratic voters in Florida’s 9th District from June 10th through the 13th and has a margin of error of ± 4.2 at the 95% confidence level. The poll was conducted using automated telephone calls and was weighted by voting demographics.  The poll was paid for by Friends of Dena, the campaign committee for Dr. Dena Grayson.

You can visit her website at http://www.denaforcongress.com

In the Democratic Primary Election for the U.S. House of Representatives, for whom would you vote?

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Support for the Congressional Candidates among Voters Who Express a Preference:

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Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Dr. Dena Grayson?


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In the Democratic Primary Election for the U.S. Senate, for whom would you vote?


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Are you or is a member of your immediate family from a Latino, Hispanic or Spanish speaking background?


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Do you have any children living in your household?


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