Democrat has modest lead in Florida Senate race, poll says

Democrat has modest lead in Florida Senate race, poll says

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., (©2018 Doug Christian)
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) (©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has a modest lead over Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the Florida Senate race, according to a poll released Thursday.

The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 50 percent of the respondents said they support Nelson, compared with 42 percent who said they support Scott. Seven percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.

The live poll surveyed 275 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 7 percentage points.

A Quinnipiac University poll taken earlier this week showed Nelson leading Scott 52 percent to 46 percent.

Nelson, 75, has served in the Senate since 2001. He is a moderate Democrat and is respected on both sides of the aisle.

Scott, 65, has served as governor since 2011. He is a staunch conservative. Prior to seeking elected office, Scott was a venture capitalist.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott gives a speech in July 2014. (Photo: State of Florida)

Florida is a key swing state.

President Donald Trump won the Sunshine State by less than two points in 2016.

Barack Obama carried Florida by narrow margins in both 2008 and 2012.

Florida’s congressional delegation is comprised of 16 Republicans and 11 Democrats.

Polls say Democrats are likely to retake the House and Republicans are likely to maintain control of the Senate.

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