Times/Herald poll: Rick Scott 44, Alex Sink 41
TALLAHASSEE — Republican Rick Scott narrowly leads Democrat Alex Sink in Florida's too-close-to-call governor's race thanks to enthusiastic conservatives and widespread dissatisfaction with the economy, according to a new St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll.
Scott's 3-percentage point advantage among likely voters comes at the perfect time: The opening week of early voting, with more Republicans than Democrats headed to the polls. Election Day is Nov. 2.
But besting Sink, the state's chief financial officer, isn't a simple task for Scott, a political newcomer.
Scott's 44-41 lead is well within the poll's 4.1 percent margin of error. He also has the smallest advantage over a Democrat when compared to his three Republican colleagues who are besting their rivals by double digits in the statewide races for Florida's three Cabinet seats, according to the poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.