Two polls this month put Democratic candidate Alex Sink ahead of Republican Rick Scott in the race for Florida governor.

According to a Fox News survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Sept. 11, 49 percent of those interviewed indicated they would vote for Sink, and 41 percent indicated they would vote for Scott; 5 percent were not sure, and another 5 percent said they would vote for another candidate.

That paralleled a Sept. 7 Time/CNN poll of 1,006 Florida residents (899 of them registered voters), which found that 49 percent would vote for Sink, and 42 percent would vote for Scott. The Time/CNN poll broke down the voters by categories (age, race, gender, income, etc.), and Sink appeared to have an edge in almost all the categories.

For example, 56 percent of non-whites favored Sink, to only 32 percent for Scott; women favored Sink 50 percent to Scott’s 39 percent; even those earning more than $50,000 a year favored Sink (48 percent) to multi-millionaire Scott (43 percent). Scott lead in just two categories, 50- to 64-year-olds (Scott 48 percent, Sink 45  percent) and whites (Scott 46 percent, Sink 45 percent).

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