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Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Florida’s Gubernatorial Race, Coming Down to the Wire



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Florida’s governor’s race is probably going to come down to the wire. This morning, Quinnipiac puts Republican Rick Scott barely ahead of Democrat Alex Sink, 45–44; at the beginning of the month, Scott had a 49–43 lead. That movement may not be statistically significant, but there are a bunch of ominous numbers in this poll for Scott:

Ms. Sink’s surge could be tied to voter belief, 44 – 28 percent, that she was a more ethical businessperson than Scott when both were in the private sector, the independent Quinnipiac University survey finds.  A total of 89 percent of likely voters say a candidate’s record in business is either somewhat or very important to their vote choice.

By a 42 – 37 percent margin, Florida voters have a favorable opinion of Sink, while Scott gets a negative 39 – 46 percent favorability rating.  This compares to the October 1 survey showing her with a split 39 – 39 percent favorability, compared to Scott’s split 41 – 40 percent.

It says a lot about the national environment that Sink can’t get ahead of a Republican with a negative favorability rating.


Tags: Alex Sink , Rick Scott


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