By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press
Two seperate polls suggest that Bill McCollum has gotten back into the running for the Governor’s Mansion. Quinnipiac University actually has McCollum out front by 9% over Rick Scott, while Sunshine State News shows him in a statistical tie, down 2%.
Interestingly, Quinnipiac suggests that McCollum’s surge is due to a surge in support from women, while Voter Survey Service, which conducted the poll on behalf of Sunshine State News, suggests it’s due to seniors. Both agencies agree on the percent of undecided voters, 18% and 19% respectively.
Keep in mind the old saying, though; ‘there are lies, damn lies and statistics’.
Which means nothing is certain until August 24th. Perhaps the most profound finding in these poll results is this statement made by Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute; “The empire strikes back, actually both empires, that is, the folks who run the Democratic and Republican parties in Florida have waded into the nomination fights and they are making a difference.”
So much for impartiality and allowing the voters to decide on who the candidates are to be in November. With all the special interest money and other ‘unidentified’ sources of revenue pouring into the McCollum campaign, one has to seriously wonder to whom will Bill McCollum be loyalty to, if successful.
Of course, that’s if either Republican candidate can overcome all the negativity that’s been created in this race to defeat Alex Sink.
GOP Governor’s Race Back to Tossup
Sunshine State News
Riding a late TV advertising blitz and Jeb Bush’s endorsement, Bill McCollum has pulled into a statistical tie with rival Rick Scott in the Republican gubernatorial race, a new Sunshine State News Poll finds.
McCollum trails Scott 44 to 42 percent in the poll conducted Aug. 12-15. The survey sampled 1,000 Republican voters likely to cast ballots in next Tuesday’s primary election.
The attorney general was 16 points behind Scott in a July 10 poll. Both surveys were conducted for Sunshine State News by Voter Survey Service.
McCollum picked up 12 percentage points in the new survey while Scott dropped 2 points. The field of undecided voters dwindled from 28 percent to 18 percent.
Read More – http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/gop-governor-race-back-tossup
Quinnipiac University Press Release;
In the Republican primary for Governor, McCollum leads Rick Scott 44 – 35 percent among likely primary voters, reversing a 43 – 32 percent Scott lead in a July 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.
But the races remain volatile as 19 percent of Republican voters remain undecided and 32 percent of those who do name a candidate say they could change their mind. Among Democrats, 29 percent are undecided and 39 percent of those who name a candidate could change their mind.
McCollum has catapulted ahead of Scott, a retired health care executive, based upon the votes of women, who favor McCollum 48 – 31 percent, while men split 39 – 40 percent.
“The empire strikes back, actually both empires, that is, the folks who run the Democratic and Republican parties in Florida have waded into the nomination fights and they are making a difference,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
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