POLL: Rick Scott Holds Slight Edge Over Bill Nelson In Highly Anticipated Senate Race
By Kevin Darby, Sunshine State News // July 31, 2018
Scott leads Nelson 47% - 44%
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – A new poll has Gov. Rick Scott with the lead over U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in one of the most watched Senate races in the country.
Mason Dixon released a poll of likely voters on Tuesday morning which shows Scott taking 47 percent of those surveyed while Nelson pulls 44 percent with only 9 percent undecided.
Scott does well in the northern, central and southwestern parts of the state while Nelson is secure in the southeastern part of Florida. The two candidates are running almost neck and neck in the Tampa Bay region where Nelson is ahead 45 percent to 44 percent.
Both candidates have nailed down their party base with Scott taking 84 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats behind Nelson. Voters outside the major parties break Scott’s way 47 percent to 43 percent.
The poll shows a major gender gap as 55 percent of men back Scott while 54 percent of women support Nelson.
White voters go for Scott 58 percent to 36 percent for Nelson while 83 percent of black voters support the Democrat while only 4 percent favor the Republican. Hispanics are far closer with 44 percent of them for Nelson, 39 percent for Scott and 17 percent undecided.
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