New Senate Poll has Rick Scott and Nelson tied
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New Senate Poll has Rick Scott and Nelson tied

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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 is an award-winning South Florida-based political journalist who owns and manages Diverse New Media, Corp and Shark Tank Media, LLc. Under the Diverse New Media umbrella, he writes, manages, and publishes Floridianpress.com, Hispolitica.com, and JudicialPost.com, in addition to publishing the conservative website, Shark-Tank.com, which can be found under Shark Tank Media, LLc. During the 2018 election cycle, he ran and lost the primary race for congress in Florida’s 22nd congressional district. He is Republican. He and his fiancé Michelle have two small children. He enjoys soccer, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. Email him at [email protected]

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