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New Florida poll shows Hillary Clinton with 3-point lead over Donald Trump, tight race between Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy

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A new poll of likely Florida voters gives Hillary Clinton one of her largest leads in weeks.

According to a new poll from St. Pete Polls, Clinton holds a 3-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the Sunshine State. The poll of 2,319 likely Florida voters shows Clinton at 48 percent, followed by Trump at 45 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson received 3 percent support, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein got 1 percent.

About 2 percent of respondents said they were voting for someone else.

The automated email/web survey was conducted Nov. 1 through No. 6. The voters were chosen at random within the registered voter population in Florida, and has a margin of error of 2 percent.

The poll gives Clinton a much larger lead in the Sunshine State than she’s enjoyed in weeks. In a four-way race, Trump currently holds an average lead of 0.2 percentage points in Florida, according to RealClearPolitics.

The polling aggregation website shows Clinton led Trump by either 1 or 2 percentage points in four of the last seven polls used as to determine polling averages. The two candidates were tied in a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, while Trump led Clinton by either 3 or 4 percentage points in two polls.

According to the St. Pete Polls survey, Clinton has the support of 45 percent of independent voters, 88 percent of black voters, and 58 percent of Hispanic voters. Trump is backed by 41 percent of independent voters, 54 percent of white voters, and 49 percent of males.

While the St. Pete Polls survey showed Clinton pulling ahead, it showed a much closer race between Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy. The poll showed Rubio and Murphy were essentially tied, with Murphy at 46.2 percent and Rubio at 45.5 percent.

That runs contrary to most other polls conducted this election cycle. The Miami Republican has led in nearly every poll since he announced he was running for re-election in June. Three polls conducted since June 25 showed the two men tied, according to RealClearPolitics. Rubio led in all of the other polls used by RealClearPolitics to calculate the polling average.

RealClearPolitics currently shows Rubio with an average 3.2 percentage point lead over Murphy.

St. Pete Polls showed 46 percent of respondents said they planned to vote for Amendment 1, the solar power amendment, while 42 percent said they did not plan to vote for it. Nearly 9 percent of voters said they were unsure; while 3 percent indicated they would skip the amendment.

There appears to be widespread support for Amendment 2, the medical marijuana ballot initiative. The poll found 70 percent of voters said they planned to vote for it, compared to 25 percent who said they would be voting no. About 4 percent were unsure, while nearly 2 percent indicated they would skip the ballot measure.

Both constitutional amendments need 60 percent of the vote to pass.

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