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Polls show close Fla. gubernatorial race; Some Florida voters undecided

by: Jamie Smith Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Just about every poll shows the race for Florida governor is a statistical tie. Polling places will be open Tuesday.

University of North Florida pollster Dr. Michael Binder has been crunching the numbers for months.

And on this eve of Election Day, he knows one thing is certain: Florida's gubernatorial race between Democrat Charlie Crist and Republican Gov. Rick Scott is too close to call.

“We don’t know. We can ballpark it; we can say it’s going to be close. A margin of error of a couple of points in either direction, and that’s about as good as you can get,” said Binder.

As the candidates rally their supporters, this remains a dead heat with just about every reputable poll showing a virtual tie between Scott and Crist.


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“I think it's going to come down to the very last couple of votes. That's why I think why it's important for everybody to make their voice heard,” said Jesse Lard, an early voter.

But 1 out of every 20 Floridians, even at this point, remains undecided about their vote for governor.  

“Yeah, I'm undecided. I honestly haven't even thought about it; processed anything about it,” Dania Gargana, Southside resident.

Action News reporter Jamie Smith asked, “Are you going to vote?”

“Yes, I am. ... It's so hard; it's so close. I don't know. I haven't made up my mind yet,” Jolena Badger, Northside resident.

Despite these people's good intentions, Binder told Action News none of the candidates should rely on any undecided voter.

“At this point in the race, if you don't know who you're going to vote for, you're probably not going to vote,” Binder said.

That's why candidates have instead been focusing these final days on rallying their own base to turnout tomorrow.