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Poll: Rick Scott 41, Bill McCollum 34; AG races wide open

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Associated Industries of Florida release on 7/31-8/1 poll by Bill McCollum's pollster (margin of error +/- 6.8 percentage points for primary): In a telephone survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, likely Republican voters were asked for whom they planned to vote in the primary. Of those polled, 41 percent said they planned to vote for Scott, 34 percent for McCollum and nearly a quarter (24 percent) were undecided.  While 59 percent of likely Republican primary voters indicated they had definitively decided they would be voting for either McCollum or Scott, 37 percent said they might change their minds. ...

If the general election were held today and McCollum was the Republican nominee for governor, poll results show McCollum leading Democrat Alex Sink by a slight, 2 percentage-point lead with 30 percent of respondents choosing McCollum and 29 percent Sink. Only 15 percent of respondents indicated they would vote for independent candidate Lawton “Bud” Chiles III. Another 27 percent remain undecided.

If Scott was the Republican nominee for governor, his lead over Sink narrows to 1 percentage point with 32 percent of respondents supporting Scott and 31 percent supporting Sink. In this scenario, Chiles receives 14 percent of the vote and 23 percent are undecided.
 
“AIF’s PAC recently endorsed General McCollum and Rick Scott in the governor’s race because both candidates’ overall philosophies align with ours and each would be a governor who would serve as a champion for Florida’s business community.  While the Republican primary might be tightening a bit, it’s clear either candidate will be engaged in a close general election battle for the governor’s mansion with Alex Sink,” said Barney Bishop III, president and CEO of AIF.
 
The Republican primary for attorney general remains wide open with an overwhelming majority – 69 percent – of likely Republican voters undecided. Among decided Republican voters, the three Republican candidates are close, with 12 percent supporting Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, 10 percent supporting Pam Bondi and 9 percent supporting Holly Benson.

Similarities exist in the attorney general Democratic primary, with 62 percent undecided and candidates Sen. Dave Aronberg and Sen. Dan Gelber close, with 20 percent and 18 percent of likely Democratic voter support, respectively. 

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