Rick Scott remains the stronger of the two Republican hopefuls for governor of Florida against Democrat Alex Sink, with independent candidate “Bud” Chiles siphoning votes from both parties.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Scott with 35% of the vote, Sink with 31% and Chiles trailing at 16%. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided.
If state Attorney General Bill McCollum is the GOP candidate, Sink earns 31% of the vote to McCollumâ€™s 27%. Chiles picks up 20% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) favor another candidate, and 13% remain undecided.
This is the first Rasmussen Reports survey to include Chiles, the son of a popular former Democratic governor. In June, Scott posted a 45% to 40% lead over Sink, while McCollum edged the Democrat 40% to 38%.
Scott, a multimillionare health care executive with a controversial past, jumped into the GOP race in the spring and has spent millions on TV and radio advertising to promote himself as a more conservative alternative to McCollum. Before his arrival, McCollum, a former congressman and longtime Florida Republican player, had been moving comfortably toward the partyâ€™s nomination and running consistently ahead of Sink. The Republicans will pick their nominee in an August 24 primary.
Sink, Floridaâ€™s chief financial officer, is unchallenged for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Additional data from the survey will be released during the coming week at RasmussenReports.com/Florida.
This statewide telephone survey of 750 Likely Voters in Florida was conducted on August 2, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Florida at McCollumâ€™s direction is the chief plaintiff in a lawsuit involving a number of other states that challenges the constitutionality of the new national health care plan. Florida voters are now evenly divided over that suit.
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