A statewide St. Petersburg survey released on Sunday revealed Republican Rick Scott with a slight lead in the heated Florida U.S. Senate race over his Democrat challenger Bill Nelson.
Forty-eight-point-six percent of likely Florida voters stated they would support Rick Scott in the general election in November, while 48.3 percent say they will support Bill Nelson.
Bill Nelson was one of 48 Democrats to vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Nelson also pushed for a ban on commonly owned semiautomatic rifles during a debate against Scott earlier this month and suggested AR-15s and other similarly owned semiautomatic rifles are “for killing” rather than hunting.
A Nelson defeat in November would assist in maintaining the majority ahead of the 2020 presidential election, where they intend to retain the White House.
The poll also showed that Republican Ron DeSantis trails his Democrat opponent Andrew Gillum by only one point in the Florida gubernatorial race.
Forty-six-point-four percent of likely Florida voters said they will vote for Ron DeSantis, while 47.4 percent said they will vote in support of Andrew Gillum.
After saying Florida voters would “monkey this up” by electing his opponent Andrew Gillum in August, Ron DeSantis has seemingly regained respect from many within his state.
Gillum has been facing scrutiny over the past few months for his extreme socialist views, as he ran on a platform of universal health care, a $15-an-hour minimum wage, abolishing ICE, and passing onerous gun control laws.
Dream Defenders, a radical organization that demands an end to “disaster capitalism,” says Andrew Gillum is “by far the best candidate for our movement to engage with in pushing our revolutionary vision.”
Gillum has also received the backing of well-known socialist figures including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and called for the impeachment of President Trump.
This St. Petersburg poll was conducted using 1,575 likely Florida general election voters from October 20, 2018 to October 21, 2018. This poll used the registered voter lists supplied by the state of Florida as of September 12, 2018. The sample of voters that were contacted included random samples of registered voters within the boundaries of the state of Florida.
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