According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, former health care executive Rick Scott has opened up a 13-point lead over Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican primary for Florida governor.
The multimillionaire Scott has pumped a whopping $11 million into TV and radio ad buys in his campaign in just six weeks. Barely two months ago, McCollum looked like a shoo-in for the primary, if not the general election. (Democratic candidate and Florida CFO Alex Sink has either trailed or tied Republicans in recent polling.)
The Quinnipiac poll also looked at the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Florida, where a similar dynamic is going on. Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene — who only entered the race at the end of April — is in a virtual tie with Rep. Kendrick Meek, trailing by only two points 29-27. However, 37 percent of voters are undecided.