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FL Poll: Obama up by 2; Sink beats Martinez

Public Policy Polling robo poll: Barack Obama 46%, John McCain 44%. "It's shaping up to be another tight contest in Florida, but based on much greater Hispanic support than John Kerry saw in 2004, Barack Obama has the early lead.George W. Bush won Hispanic voters in the state 56-44 last time, but this survey shows Obama leading among them 51-37."

The poll also finds a mighty vulnerable Mel Martinez in 2010, with an abysmal 23% approval rating. Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a Democrat, beats the Republican 37% to 31%. Rep. Robert Wexler (Sorry Dan Gelber, guess this N.C. pollster hasn't heard of you yet) ties Martinez 33% to 33%. "By contrast Democratic Senator Bill Nelson enjoys a 42/29 approval in the state. Even among Republicans just 37% of respondents approve of Martinez, with 31% disapproving. Just 15% of independents and 12% of Democrats expressed support for the job he is doing....This poll provides pretty strong evidence that Martinez will be one of the most endangered Republican Senators in the country in 2010."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:26am]


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