In the increasingly tight race for Florida governor, a new poll puts Republican Rick Scott ahead by 6 percentage points.

The poll, done on Oct. 18 for Rasmussen Reports by Pulse Opinion Research, puts Scott at 50 percent and Democrat Alex Sink at 44 percent. It was an automated survey done by telephone among 750 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4 percent. Rasmussen’s poll memo states that the organization is moving this race from “Toss-Up” status to “Leans Republican.”

The results are the opposite of two polls from last week, which showed Sink ahead by a similar margin, 47-41. One of those polls was a telephone survey by live operators among 700 likely voters. The two candidates will hold their second debate tonight.

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