Former health-care executive Rick Scott edges Florida CFO Alex Sink by a 50-44 pecent margin in a new Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Wednesday.

Polls on the gubernatorial race since the August 10 primary have shown a close contest, with margins from Scott ahead by six points to Sink ahead by seven. A Mason-Dixon poll released Thursday showed Scott trailing Sink by a 47-40 percent margin. Both polls measured likely voters.

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According to a report released by the Guttmacher Institute yesterday, abortion rates in the U.S. have dropped in the past decade among most subgroups of women, exluding poor women. From the years 2000 to 2008, low-income women accounted for 42.4 percent of abortions. The report attributes this exception to the countryโ€™s recent economic recession and poverty.