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Buckhorn has early lead for mayor, union's third poll of voters shows

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 28, 2002

TAMPA -- Bob Buckhorn was the early favorite among the four candidates running for mayor in 2003, according to a poll conducted Saturday by the Tampa Firefighters Union.

The politically active union, which represents more than 500 firefighters, telephoned 582 registered voters who have a history of voting in city elections at least three consecutive times. With just less than a year to go before the March election, about 65 percent of voters had not picked a candidate. But among the just more than 200 people who had made a choice, about 43 percent selected Buckhorn. City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda came in second with 25 percent. Business consultant Frank Sanchez got 21 percent, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Chris Hart, 11 percent.

This was the third poll firefighters have conducted about the race.

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