The latest poll in Florida’s governor’s race, out today, has Republican Rick Scott slightly ahead, but well within the margin of error. Of 750 people Rasmussen Reports surveyed on Oct. 7 (the day before Scott and Democrat Alex Sink debated in Miami), 50 percent said they would likely vote for Scott and 47 percent said they would vote for Sink. There was a 4 percent margin of error. Rasmussen has labeled the race a “toss-up.”
It was the best showing for both candidates. But for Scott, it does represent a slight slip in his lead over Sink, which had him 5 points ahead in the last Rasmussen poll.
The political website Real Clear Politics also labels the race a “Toss Up,” after averaging five polls taken since Sept. 27, and gives Scott a .6 percent advantage. Response to the debate will be an unknown factor, as will a new two-minute ad the Sink campaign is releasing on more recent allegations of fraud at a company Scott founded called Solantic. The length of the ad is unprecedented for a political ad in Florida, says Sink spokeswoman Kyra Jennings. “It takes more than 30 seconds to detail Rick Scott’s history of fraud,” she says. Scott’s camp has said Sink is rehashing old allegations that “didn’t resonate with voters during the primary.”
Scott, meanwhile, is attacking Sink in a news release, alleging that as the state’s CFO she “paved the way for felons to sell insurance to Floridians,” according to spokesman Brian Burgess, “and now she is desperate to avoid answering questions about her role in this scandal.” Sink staffers have said any felon who acquired a license to sell insurance did so under preexisting laws.