POLL: Florida Senate Race Tied Between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

By NTK Staff | 08.29.2017 @1:00pm
POLL: Florida Senate Race Tied Between Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

Rick Scott has not yet announced his intentions to run for Senate in 2018, but a new poll shows him neck-and-neck with incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson

Florida could have a tight Senate race on its hands according to a brand new Florida Atlantic University (FAU) poll. In a hypothetical match up between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and current Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), the two are neck-and-neck.

Scott, who cannot run for governor again because of term limits, has not yet announced his candidacy for the Senate, but it is widely speculated he may jump in the race.

In the hypothetical match up, the FAU poll shows Nelson with 42.4 percent and Scott with 40.1 percent, well within the poll’s 4 percent margin of error. Another 17.6 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The Florida race will help determine which party wins control of the Senate majority in 2018. If Scott jumps in, he will likely have the support of President Trump, for whom Scott worked extensively to get elected in 2016.

The FAU poll also tested the waters on gubernatorial primaries in the state. On the Republican side, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam led the field with 26.6 percent, followed by Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran at 10.4 percent.

On the Democratic side, trial attorney John Morgan, best known for his ambulance-chasing television ads, led the field with 18.8 percent, followed by one-term former Congresswoman Gwen Graham at 13.7 percent.

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