Governor’s Race Remains Deadlocked
Throughout the campaign, most observers have said that the race between incumbent Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist will go down to the wire. A recent poll heading into the early voting period suggests this remains the case. According to a Qunnipiac poll, Scott and Crist are deadlocked at 42 percent each among likely voters, with Libertarian Adrian Wylie polling at 7 percent. Without Wylie in the race, voters are split 44-44.
Men and women are split in their preferences. Scott leads Crist among men 46 – 38 percent, with 10 percent projected for Wyllie. However, Crist leads Scott 45 – 39 percent among women, with 6 percent for Wyllie.
Crist edges Scott slightly in independent voters, 41 percent to 38 percent. Republicans show strong support for Scott at 81 – 7 percent, with 6 percent for Wyllie. Democrats as expected strongly back Crist 86 – 5 percent, with 3 percent for Wyllie.
Both candidates also have significant negatives, with Crist getting a negative 42 – 47 percent favorability rating, compared to Scott’s negative 40 – 48 percent rating.