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Polls Show Narrow Lead For Andrew Gillum In Florida Governor Race

Polls Show Narrow Lead For Andrew Gillum In Florida Governor Race

Early polling data suggest Florida’s Democratic nominee for governor, Andrew Gillum, has a narrow lead against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) in the state’s November gubernatorial race. 

SurveyUSA and Quinnipiac University show Gillum, the state’s first black nominee for governor, has a competitive edge against his Republican opponent, as do two partisan polls. Last week a Quinnipiac poll showed Gillum had a 3 percentage point lead in the race, with women preferring him 56 percent to 43 percent. SurveyUSA released a poll on Tuesday giving him a 4 percentage point lead. 

Two other polls — one Republican-leaning and the other Democratic-leaning — gave Gillum similar single-digit leads. The results are largely consistent across polling modes, with two live-caller surveys and two conducted online or using automated phone calls.

The polls indicate Gillum and DeSantis are facing an incredibly competitive race in a notorious swing state. Donald Trump won Florida by less than a 2 percentage point margin in the 2016 presidential election. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, won his re-election in 2014 by 1 percentage point. Scott, who is term-limited as governor, is facing a nearly tied race for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Bill Nelson (D).

Source HuffPost

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