The race for Florida governor remains very close between Florida CFO Alex Sink (D) and either former health care executive Rick Scott (R) or Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum (R), according to a poll released Wednesday by Rasmussen Reports.

If Scott wins the primary on Aug. 24, then he leads Sink by an insignificant 35-31 percent margin, with no-party candidate Bud Chiles taking 16 percent of the vote. On the other hand, if McCollum is the nominee, then Sink edges him 31-27 percent, with Chiles taking 20 percent of the vote. Both leads are within the margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

The poll suggests that negative attacks by the Republican candidates affect how voters see Scott and McCollum. Thirty-one percent of voters view Scott “Very Unfavorably,” higher than any of the candidates. McCollum has the second-highest “Very Unfavorable” rating, at 23 percent. In contrast, Sink and Chiles, who have not been the focus of any ads, have low “Very Unfavorable” ratings of 9 and 10 percent.

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