Coming off a successful legislative session that saw Gov. Rick Scott getting most of his priority issues passed, Scott received some more good news Monday.
A new poll gives Scott a slim lead over Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
The survey, conducted by Tallahassee-based Clearview Research gives Scott a two-point advantage over Nelson–43.3 percent to 41.3 percent. That’s within the poll’s margin of error of +/- 3.58 percent.
Scott hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for the seat but it’s widely anticipated he’ll get in the race now that the 2018 legislative session has ended.
“Typical politicians think about their next job. I’m focused on this job,” Scott said Sunday after lawmakers adjourned. “I’m glad we had a very successful session. I’ll think about my future in the next few weeks.”
The poll contacted 750 likely voters through the first seven days of March.
Recent polls have shown the race a dead heat or with Nelson holding a slight lead.
Nelson’s seat is one of ten U.S. Senate seats that are considered critical if Democrats are to take over control of the Senate. Those seats are currently held by Democrats, but are in states won by President Donald Trump in 2016.
A SurveyMonkey/Axios online poll conducted last week showed Democrats losing five of those seats, but Nelson wasn’t one of them. As a matter of fact, Nelson is listed as one of the least vulnerable of the ten Democrats and showed him with a ten-point lead over Scott.
Republicans hold 51 Senate seats with Democrats in control of 47, with two independents.