Crist retakes lead over Scott in Survey USA poll

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Democrat Charlie Crist is back with a four-point lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race, according to the latest News Channel 8 poll reports Lauren Mayk.

Scott pulled ahead for the first time in the previous poll in late May, 42 percent to Crist’s 40 percent.

But, Crist gained four points in the latest poll to sit at 44 percent, compared with Scott’s 42 percent. Eight percent of respondents said they would vote for someone else and 8 percent said they were undecided.

Crist, who has spent a lot of time in Southeast Florida, showed his strongest numbers there since the poll began tracking the race, with a 25 percent lead. Crist takes 52 percent there compared with Scott’s 27 percent.

This comes as Crist is exploring a trip to Cuba, a move that has drawn criticism from Scott.

The survey asked respondents whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate if they made a trip to Cuba. The response showed no edge for either side, despite the controversy, with 12 percent they would be more likely and 12 percent saying they would be less likely. It would make no difference, 73 percent of respondents said.

The margin of error for the poll conducted for News Channel 8 by SurveyUSA is 4.2 percent for the governor’s race survey, 3.8 percent for the Cuba survey.

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