Poll: Nelson holds a razor-thin lead in Florida Senate raceBaltimore Post-Examiner

Nelson holds a razor-thin lead in Florida Senate race, poll finds

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has a razor-thin lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday.

The St. Pete Polls survey found that 49.3 percent of the respondents said they support Nelson, compared with 47.4 percent who said they support Scott. Meanwhile, 3.3 percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.

Male voters said they prefer Scott 50.3 percent to 47.1 percent, while female voters said they prefer Nelson 51 percent to 45.3 percent.

Among Hispanics, who are a key voting bloc in the state, Nelson leads Scott 54.4 percent to 42.2 percent.

The sampling included 2,470 likely voters and was carried out Oct. 30-31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

For the past week, polls have shown the candidates running neck-and-neck.

Nelson, 75, has served in the Senate since 2001. He is a moderate Democrat and is respected on both sides of the aisle.

Scott, 65, has served as governor since 2011. He is a staunch conservative. Prior to seeking elected office, Scott was a venture capitalist.

Florida is a key swing state.

President Donald Trump won the Sunshine State by less than two points in 2016.

Barack Obama carried Florida by narrow margins in both 2008 and 2012.

Florida’s congressional delegation is comprised of 16 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

Polls say Democrats are likely to retake the House and Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Senate.

This article is republished with permission from Talk Media News 

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