Latest poll: Romney up 3% in Florida

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In a poll conducted by Gravis Marketing, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a slight lead on President Obama, and Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval rating sits at %35.

The poll surveyed 728 voters and results give Romney a 48% to 45% lead on the President within the margin of error with %3.8. This comes the week before Romney accepts the party’s nomination in Tampa next week for the Republican National Convention. That event should provide a temporary boost in the state polls but the President and the DNC will hold their convention in another swing state, North Carolina, the week afterwards.

As Christian Heinze of The Hill notes, “if you add Gary Johnson to the equation, he takes 1.7% from Romney and .5% from Obama. That means if the Romney-Obama gap is tight enough, Johnson could swing the state, which would be a bitter irony for the GOP, considering it shunned and blacked him out of primary debates when he was running for the Republican nomination.”

Either way it looks like Florida will remain in play for both candidates all of the way until November and will be the most prized battleground state in the country.

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s approval rating of 35% percent will continue to lure out potential challenger for his 2014 race. Florida Senator Nan Rich has already leaned towards running, as well as other rumored challengers like Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, 2010 challenger Alex Sink, and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist who has been seen at several political functions recently and endorsed Bill Nelson in his Senate run against Connie Mack IV.

Scott’s approval numbers this time last year were slightly higher as he went on a charm offensive, opening up his availability to media, making pr friendly public appearances, and vowing to add more money to education. He looks to make similar gains this year by attempting to champion bi-partisan issues that will allow him to hit the road on another similar press campaign.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.