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Bill McCollum leads Alex Sink by narrow margin according to new poll

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Republican Bill McCollum, Florida’s attorney general, leads Democrat Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer by 4 points in their race for governor, a much smaller margin than reported by a Florida newspapers poll in late March, according to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted April 8-13.
McCollum is ahead by 40 percent to 36 percent with 21 percent undecided. McCollum gets 83 percent support from fellow Republicans compared to 73 percent for Sink among Democrats, and he leads her 37 percent to 28 percent among independents, with 29 percent undecided. In Quinnipiac’s January poll, McCollum had led by 10 points. McCollum was leading Sink by 49 percent to 34 percent in a Mason-Dixon Research poll conducted March 23-25 for Florida newspapers.
At this point in the campaign, 41 percent say they haven’t heard enough about McCollum to form an opinion of him and that number is 61 percent for Sink, according to the Quinnipiac poll. “McCollum clings to a slim lead over Sink in the governor’s race, a lead he has held since last August,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown. “He is better known than she and voters grade him somewhat better for the job he is doing. While most would rather be in his shoes, on the up side of a close race, November is a long way off.”

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.

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