Sink Maintains Lead Over Scott in FL Gov Race

Posted by Kyle Adams, Real Clear Politics

Florida Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink leads Republican businessman Rick Scott 47 percent to 40 percent in the latest survey of the Florida governor race from Mason Dixon Polling & Research.

The poll finds that Scott has yet to fully consolidate support among Republicans after a contentious primary battle with Attorney General Bill McCollum, who relentlessly attacked Scott for his tenure as CEO of Columbia/HCA, which was forced to pay a $1.7 billion Medicare fraud fine.

Scott has the support of 75 percent of Republicans surveyed. Sink, on the other hand, earns the support of 81 percent of Democrats. She also has a seven-point advantage among independent voters.

Another obstacle facing Scott is the fact that the battering he took during the primary continues to weigh down his favorability numbers. The Mason-Dixon poll shows that 47 percent of voters view him unfavorably. Thirty percent view him favorably. Sink enjoys a 44 percent favorable rating while only 23 percent view her unfavorably.

In recent weeks, Sink has held her lead, coming out on top in every poll released in September except for a Reuters/Ipsos poll that showed Scott up by two. She led by 16 points in the last Mason-Dixon poll conducted in early August. That poll included independent candidate Lawton “Bud” Chiles III, the son of the former governor, who recently dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Sink. Sink leads by 4.4 percent in the RCP Average.

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