Libertarian Florida gubernatorial candidate nears double-digit percentage in polls

Quinnipiac poll shows Adrian Wyllie in close to double-digit percentage of votes

Local 6 News at 6:00p
Local 6 News at 6:00p

In the race for Florida's governor, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are the front runners with household names, but Adrian Wyllie, the Libertarian candidate is close to a double digit percentage of votes, according to the last two Quinnipiac polls.

There are actually five candidates on the ballot.

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Of the three relative unknown's, Wyllie is the only one to make a mark in the polls.

"We want to get government out of your wallet, out of your bedroom, out of your body, and out of your business," Wyllie said in an interview earlier this week with Local 6 sister station WJXT in Jacksonville.

It has become one of his go-to lines since he is in favor of smaller government.

"It's a simple concept. We want to put an end to the corruption and the cronyism getting back to true free market principles, not like we have today," he said.

Wyllie said he has been campaigning around the state.

"Were out there working just as hard, if not harder, than Rick Scott and Charlie Crist on the campaign trail. Were traveling from Pensacola to Key West."

But Wyllie was shut out of the three governor's debates causing his supporters to protest.

In a race where many feel they are voting for the lesser of two evils, he is hoping to sway more voters before Election Day.

"To frame it [the election] in such a way, where there's only two candidates in this race, it's really a disservice to the people of Florida," Wyllie said.

The election is Nov. 4.