U.S. Senate race remains tight, latest poll gives Nelson a slight advantage

by | Jun 22, 2018

There’s more evidence that the contest for the U.S. Senate has turned into a into a real dogfight between incumbent Bill Nelson and Gov. Rick Scott.

The latest poll shows Nelson  holding a slim 2-point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the race for Nelson’s Senate seat. The survey was conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) and shows 48 percent of the voters surveyed favor Nelson while 46 percent favor Scott. The remaining voters are undecided.

When it comes to voters’ opinions of the two candidates, 44 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Scott while 46 percent had an unfavorable view. Nelson received favorable views from 42 percent of the voters and 41 percent unfavorable.

The poll surveyed 1,308 voters between June 18 and 19 and has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

Recent polls have given Scott a slim lead. A poll released earlier this month by the Florida Chamber of Commerce showed Scott with a 48 percent to 45  percent lead.

The PPP poll was paid for by EDGE Communications, which is run by Christian Ulvert who serves as senior adviser to the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Philip Levine.

A PPP poll conducted in early April when Scott announced he was entering the Senate race, showed Nelson leading Scott 50 percent to 44 percent.

Since then, Scott has unleashed an aggressive campaign that has included a barrage of television and digital ads that have attempted to paint Nelson as a career politician who  first entered public service in the early 1970’s, has no major accomplishments in his career and votes along party lines.



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