Our sources tell us that Moore, currently the District 7 School Board member, is polling well ahead of her opponents in the 2018 Orange County Commission race.
By Jacob Engels
School Board member Christine Moore was elected to represent District 7 in 2008 and served as the Vice-Chair of the Orange County School Board from 2012-2013. Now, as the longtime arts and education advocate sets her sights on the Board of County Commissioners, it appears she maintains an edge in that race according to our sources.
A poll was reportedly conducted sometime over the past few weeks, with the Central Florida Post being alerted to the telephone poll by several readers. We have tried to get more info about who ran the poll since getting word, but have not been able to get any on the record quotes.
However, several political operatives and reliable sources we have worked with in the past confirm that Moore polled surprisingly well against former Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer, who is hoping to return to public office after allowing the term-limit clock to reset.
“Christine and Fred are the frontrunners, that is not in dispute. The fact that she slightly edged out a workhorse campaigner like Brummer is a rallying cry for her campaign and a sign of hope,” according to a friend of Moore’s who asked to remain anonymous.
Moore, Brummer, Mark Byrd, and Patricia Rumph have all qualified by petition so far in the District 2 race. Brummer leads the cash totals with just over $65,000 cash on hand compared to Moore’s almost $40,000.
The news of this supposed poll comes along with rumors that Moore is planning to drop out in the next 7-10 days. If the second is true, Moore should be reconsidering that move and conduct a poll of her own and release the results to the public.
Candidates will often conduct telephone polling like this to check the pulse of their campaign or that of their opponents. It is unclear whether or not this recent poll is tied to Moore’s campaign or one of her opponents, but I would argue the latter.
If she conducted this poll, she would have released it by now to donors and the public as a way to raise money and legitimize her campaign. That leads us to believe that one of her competitors behind the mysterious call to voters, and possibly did not get the result that they were looking for.
We were the first to report on a similar shadow poll in Congressional District 9 several months ago, where someone matched up Alan Grayson to incumbent Darren Soto, with Grayson trouncing the incumbent. The mainstream media took months to catch up to our reporting on Grayson plotting a comeback against Soto.
If more information becomes available on the poll in the Moore vs Brummer race, we will update this story and publish a follow-up.
Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, Fox News, and Australia’s New Dawn Magazine. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.