New Senate Poll has Rick Scott and Nelson tied

New Senate Poll has Rick Scott and Nelson tied

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
September 10, 2018

Florida’s hotly contested and all-important U.S. Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Senator Bill Nelson (D) continues to tighten as the latest Quinnipiac poll has the two men tied 49-49.

Scott has enjoyed a slight lead over Nelson since late May, but this poll could indicate that Nelson, with the help of liberal Democratic activists supporting gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, could be making a real push in the weeks leading to the general election.

Still, the Real Clear Politics average of polls has Scott leading Nelson by a mere 1.7 percentage points.

Here are some of the poll's internal numbers:

The gender gap is a mirror image as men back Gov. Scott 53 - 45 percent, while women back Sen. Nelson 53 - 45 percent. This is the first survey of likely voters in this race by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll, and can not be compared to earlier surveys of registered voters. 

White voters back Scott 55 - 44 percent, as black voters back Nelson 90 - 5 percent. Hispanic voters go Republican 59 - 39 percent. 

Nelson leads 89 - 8 percent among Democrats and 56 - 43 percent among independent voters. Scott leads 92 - 7 percent among Republicans. 

Among Florida likely voters who have named a U.S. Senate candidate, 92 percent say their mind is made up. 

Voters approve 49 - 43 percent of the job Nelson is doing as a U.S. Senator and give him a 48 - 42 percent favorability rating. 

Voters approve 51 - 46 percent of the job Scott is doing as governor and give him a divided 49 - 47 percent favorability rating. 

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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