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Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll: McCollum and Sink neck and neck

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What kind of governor's race do you get when you take two buttoned-down politicians and add a rookie who splashes $6 million in television ads around the state?

A neck-and-neck contest between Republican Bill McCollum and Democrat Alex Sink, a wild-card surge by Republican Rick Scott, and more than one-quarter of Florida voters on the fence, according to a new poll conducted for the St. Petersburg Times, Miami Herald, Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13.

More than five months before the Nov. 2 election, the Ipsos Public Affairs survey finds Attorney General McCollum backed by 34 percent and Chief Financial Officer Sink by 32 percent; McCollum's lead falls within the poll's 4 percentage-point margin of error.

McCollum is the clear GOP primary frontrunner so far, pulling 46 percent support compared to 22 percent for Scott and 3 percent for state Sen. Paula Dockery of Lakeland. Scott, a Naples resident completely unknown just two months ago, has gained double-digit support through a flood of TV ads and poses a potentially serious threat to McCollum.

(Story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:39am]

    

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