Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by razor-thin margin in Florida governor race

Poll: Gillum leads DeSantis by razor-thin margin in Florida governor race

Democrat Andrew Gillum leads Republican Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisSaudi officer ripped US support of Israel in tweet before naval base shooting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - A crucial week on impeachment FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant MORE by 1 point in the Florida gubernatorial race, a statistically insignificant advantage, according to a new poll from St. Pete Polls.

Gillum was favored by 47.4 percent of likely voters, while DeSantis was favored by 46.4 percent, according to the poll, well within the margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

A poll last week from St. Pete Polls showed Gillum leading by 1.1 points in a race that has been rated a "toss-up" by Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan prognosticator.

Among respondents who had already voted early, 51 percent favored Gillum, compared to 45 percent who backed DeSantis.

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Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor, is squaring off against DeSantis, a former three-term congressman who resigned last month to campaign full time. The two are vying to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who is now running for senator. 

The two candidates faced off Sunday night in a heated debate that underscored the intense political divisions at play not just in Florida, but across the U.S. as well.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE has given DeSantis his “full and total endorsement” and on Monday praised DeSantis for his debate performance.

"DeSantis had a great debate victory tonight against Andrew Gillum, a mayor who presides over one of the worst run, and most corrupt, cities in Florida. Ron will build on the great job done by Governor Rick Scott. Gillum will make Florida the next Venezuela!," he said in a tweet.

The poll of 1,575 likely voters in Florida was conducted from Oct. 20-21 by phone.