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New poll still shows dead heat in governor's race

by: Alyana Gomez Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - New polls out Friday show Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist in a dead heat. Both candidates are wrapping up their campaign and Scott’s focus was in Northeast Florida Friday. It's neck and neck and time is running out for each candidate to reel in last minute voters.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former Crist ahead of Scott 43 to 40 percent. Adrian Wyllie is gaining just 8 percent.
 
According to that same poll, Scott has 81 percent of the Republican vote, compared to Crist's 8 percent. Democrats favor Crist 83 to 7. Independent voters, however, favor Crist over Scott 47 to 29 percent.


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Men and women remain divided in the matchup.
 
"Men are more concerned about jobs and the economy. Women oftentimes are more concerned about other issues at the state level at least sometimes things like education and the environment," said Mike Binder, assistant professor of political science at the University of North Florida.

Forty-seven percent of men favor Scott's plan for job growth while 49 percent of women want to see how Crist handles the state's education budget. Still, 13 percent of likely voters refused to say who they would support.
 
Local experts believe the campaign ads and debates left voters with a bad taste in their mouth.

"The question is are you turned off enough to not show up? Or are you going to show up and pick the lesser of two evils," said Binder.

Election day is Nov. 4. Visit our election section to find out which polling location to go to, and what to bring.


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