WFLA poll: Rick Scott 44%, Charlie Crist 41%

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A new poll gives Gov. Rick Scott a 3-point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist.

The latest News Channel 8 poll gives Scott 44 percent of the vote, and 41 percent for Crist, the former governor trying to get his old job back as a Democrat.

First, Crist must take on former state Sen. Nan Rich in the Aug. 26 primary, although he says the focus of his campaign continues to be on Scott.

Scott’s advantage over Crist expanded slightly from an Aug. 5 poll, which put it at a 2-point race

In Central Florida, including Orlando, Scott has an 8-point lead over Crist. He also maintains a 4-point lead over Crist in Southwest Florida, which covers much of the Tampa Bay area.

Crist leads by 8 points in Southeast Florida, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as Scott takes the lead in both Northeast and Northwest Florida.

Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie takes four percent of the vote, and eight percent say they would vote for someone else; four percent remain undecided.

The survey, commissioned by News Channel 8 and conducted by SurveyUSA, has a +/- 4.2 percent margin of error.

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