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Poll: Bill Nelson helps a little as veep, Rick Scott 'toxic ' for Trump

Interesting finding in that new Mason-Dixon Florida poll showing Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 45 percent to 42 percent:

As the largest swing state, there is always speculation that one of the party nominees might choose a Floridian as a vice presidential running-mate. This year is no different with some chatter that Clinton might consider Florida Senator Bill Nelson and even more talk surrounding the possibility that Trump could select Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Nelson doesn’t appear to pay big dividends for Clinton. He does have a small net positive effect amongst independent and undecided voters, but it appears to be marginal. Still, he certainly would do no damage and could make the difference in a one or two-point race.

On the other hand, Scott could be toxic for Trump in the state. A whopping 40% of Florida voters say they would be “less likely” to vote for Trump with Scott on the ticket. It should be noted that this figure is heavily driven by voters already supporting Clinton (67%), but the negative numbers also spill over into those still undecided. A significant 43% of those who are yet to make up their minds say they would be “less likely” to vote for a Trump-Scott ticket.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 9:25am]


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