Democratic Challenger Val Demings Holds Narrow Lead Over GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in Latest Poll

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poll conducted by University of North Florida

Democratic candidate Val Demings is leading GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida’s tight U.S. Senate race, while Nikki Fried tops opponents as most likely candidate to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in the November midterms, according to a new poll.

(FOX NEWS) – Democratic candidate Val Demings is leading GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida’s tight U.S. Senate race, while Nikki Fried tops opponents as most likely candidate to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in the November midterms, according to a new poll.

The University of North Florida released the results of a survey Tuesday that revealed Florida voters’ choices for the state’s gubernatorial and Senate primary races, while also looking ahead to November.

Demings, the former chief of police in Orlando and current congresswoman, was ahead in the Aug. 23 Democratic Senate primary with 80% support. Candidates Candace Daniel and Robert Willis lagged with less than 5% of the vote.

When Florida voters were asked about November’s midterm Senate race, Demings came out on top against Rubio with 48% support to Rubio’s 44%.

Elizabeth Gregory, spokeswoman for the Rubio campaign, reacted to the poll in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“This is Florida, and we’ve always said it would be a tight race,” Gregory said. “This is a choice between Marco’s proven record of results and Val Demings, who votes 100% of the time for Pelosi’s failed agenda. Given that choice, we are more than confident that we will win.”

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