New poll finds Florida Senate, governor's races in statistical tie

New poll finds Florida Senate, governor's races in statistical tie
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Florida’s widely watched Senate and gubernatorial races are statistically tied less than a week before the midterm elections, according to a Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll released Tuesday.

Incumbent Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonThe Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory Senate Democrats want to avoid Kavanaugh 2.0 MORE (D) has a razor-thin 2-point lead over opponent Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the Sunshine State’s Senate race. About 45 percent of likely voters support the three-term senator, while 43 percent support the governor. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Ten percent of likely voters polled said they are undecided, and 11 percent said they might change their minds. 


Nelson also has a favorability advantage, with 41 percent of likely voters polled having a favorable opinion of him compared to 38 percent who hold an unfavorable opinion. Scott, however, has a net-negative favorability rating, with 43 percent of likely voters viewing him favorably and 45 percent having an unfavorable opinion. 

Voters were split about President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's performance, with 46 percent of voters polled approving and an equal amount disapproving. The president won the state by about 1 point in 2016.

The Cook Political Report rates the race as a “toss-up,” and an average of polls calculated by RealClearPolitics has Nelson up 2 points.

Florida’s gubernatorial race is also close, with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) leading former Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Group of Florida mayors calls on DeSantis to issue mask mandate DeSantis promises to keep Florida open despite recent coronavirus case surge MORE (R) by just 1 point among likely voters — 45 percent to 44 percent — with 8 percent saying they’re undecided and 9 percent saying they might change their minds.

Both candidates have net-positive favorability ratings, with 40 percent of likely voters surveyed having a favorable view of Gillum (compared to 37 percent with an unfavorable view) and 42 percent of likely voters having a favorable opinion of DeSantis, with 36 percent of likely voters polled saying they view him unfavorably.

The Cook Political Report rates this race as a “toss-up,” and the RealClearPolitics average has Gillum up three points. 

Suffolk University polled 500 likely voters from Oct. 25-28.