Politics & Government

Florida’s gubernatorial race a dead heat, poll finds

Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist gestures as he answers a question during debate against Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Davie, Fla. It was sponsored by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida.
Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist gestures as he answers a question during debate against Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Davie, Fla. It was sponsored by the Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida. AP

With less the two weeks before Election Day, Florida’s gubernatorial race is a dead heat with men and women split between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, according to a new Quinnipiac University Poll.

The poll found Scott and Crist, a former Florida Republican governor who switched parties, tied at 42 percent among likely voters. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is at just seven percent.

The deadlock between Scott and Crist remains almost unchanged from a Sept. 24 survey that showed Scott ahead of Crist 44 percent to 42 percent – numbers within the poll’s margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points.

Men and women split among the candidates. Scott leads Crist among men 46 percent to 38 percent, with 10 percent supporting Wyille. Crist outpaces Scott among women 45 percent to 39 percent with six percent for Wyllie.

‘When the campaign began, everyone talked about how unusual the Florida governor’s race would be because two governors, incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, were facing off,’ said Peter Brown, the Quinnipiac University Poll’s assistant director. ‘But as it enters the home stretch, it’s just like many other races across the country: There is a sizeable gender gap; tens of millions are being spent on negative TV ads and there is a dead heat in which neither candidate has an edge.’

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