Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott in WFLA-TV governor's race poll - WFLA News Channel 8

Charlie Crist leads Rick Scott in WFLA-TV governor's race poll

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Former governor Charlie Crist (left) and Gov. Rick Scott (right). Former governor Charlie Crist (left) and Gov. Rick Scott (right).
In a new News Channel 8 poll, former governor Charlie Crist leads Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race, but his lead has slipped slightly over the last two weeks.

Crist, who is now a Democrat, is leading Scott, who is a Republican, 44 to 41 percent. Crist's lead has slipped two percentage points from the last poll, while Scott remains flat in the survey.

In the last News Channel 8 poll, conducted by Survey USA, Crist was up 46 to 41 percent.

"It just tells us this is a tie," said Dr. Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida.

MacManus said the race is likely to remain close until the end.

Survey USA asked likely voters, "If the election for Florida governor were today and you were filling out your ballot right now, who would you vote for?

Answer options were: Republican Rick Scott, Democrat Charlie Crist or some other candidate.

In the new survey, 6 percent said they would vote for another candidate, which is down from 7 percent during the last poll. 8 percent said they were undecided, which is up from 6 percent previously.

The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.3 percent.

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