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In state AG race, Moody leads Shaw by slim margin, report says


By Ann Maher | Aug 31, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE - The race for state attorney general is shaping up as a tight one with Republican Ashley Moody ahead by a few points over Democrat Sean Shaw.

According to a report in Florida Politics on Thursday, a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling indicates Moody, a former circuit judge and federal prosecutor in Tampa, is ahead of Shaw, a freshman state representative and consumer insurance attorney also from Tampa, by a margin of 44 to 41 percent.

Moody and Shaw won their parties' nomination in Tuesday's primary. In that election, Moody defeated state representative Frank White of Pensacola by a margin of 57 to 43 percent. Shaw defeated Tampa foreclosure defense and consumer protection attorney Ryan Torrens by a large 73 to 27 percent margin.

The PPP poll was conducted of 743 Florida voters on Wednesday and Thursday, the Florida Politics report states. The three-point difference between Moody and Shaw was within the margin of error.

Fifteen percent of those polled were undecided.

Other details indicate Shaw with an advantage among independents by a margin of 46 to 29 percent, however, the report states, Moody has more support from Republicans than Shaw has from Democrats.

Finally, it states that among those polled, 41 percent were Republican; 41 percent were Democrat and 18 percent were independent.

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