November 1st, 2010
09:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Florida gov. race deadlocked in final hours

(CNN) – The race for Florida's open Senate seat may appear all but decided, however the Sunshine State's gubernatorial contest is anything but a runaway.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, Florida's chief financial officer, Democrat Alex Sink, holds a razor thin 1-point lead over former health care executive Rick Scott. Among likely voters, Sink has 44 percent of the vote to Scott's 43 percent, with a key 9 percent still undecided. Sink's lead is well within the poll's margin of error.

"In the governor's race, the victor will be whoever wins a majority of the 9 percent of likely voters who remain undecided at this late date," said assistant director of polling, Peter A. Brown.

In the last week, Scott gained two points against Sink, who led 45 to 41 when the poll was conducted October 18-24. In that poll, 11 percent of likely voters were undecided.

In the latest poll, which was conducted October 25-31, 925 likely voters were surveyed by phone. The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.


Filed under: 2010 • Alex Sink • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. diridi

    FL, if you have any brain, do not listen to old thugs...just vote for Dem....period....nation's progress is our progress....GOP thugs are bad, bad and bad....

    November 1, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    You say Sink only hold a 1 point lead over this multi-millionaire health care executive that has made his money by cheating medicare and the private citizens. I thought people had better sense.

    November 1, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. annie s

    Way to go Florida. Vote for the guy who was guilty of defrauding American taxpayers out of millions of dollars and who is so secretive about his current business practice that he won't let you read the deposition where he pleaded the 5th Amendment 75 times.

    November 1, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    "In the governor's race, the victor will be whoever wins a majority of the 9 percent of likely voters who remain undecided at this late date"

    In other words... Congratulations, Governor Scott.

    November 1, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    Surely the retired residents and conservatives in Florida will realize that they will do better under a Republican govenor than under an Obama-friendly Democrat.
    This is a very serious election. Please think before you continue to allow any Democratic Party agenda to be realized.
    It's about saving America...TOMORROW!

    November 1, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Renee

    Sarah Palin 27% Obama 47% I will go with Obama Yes We Can.

    November 1, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Dean

    Tomorrow's poll is the only one that counts.

    Vote Republican. Elect Rick Scott.

    November 1, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Rosslaw

    Well, the medicare fraud business element is well represented this year with Rick Scott but what about Republican child molesters? This would definitely be the year for a Mark Foley comeback with Republicans.

    November 1, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. AR

    gotta think that favors the republican. i can't see a huge wave of people deciding to elect a democrat and ALL turning out for her, especially in light of text-gate...

    November 1, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. beth

    As I've said all along, if Rick Scott wins this election and is Florida's Governor, the people of Florida are just plain stupid and they deserve everything they get!!!

    November 1, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Pete

    Scott the Repug thief of Medicaid ,Medicare shouldn't have been allowed to run until his legal mess was cleaned up.Now if he won ,he would squash all chances of his trail.300 million dollars to leave United Healthcare,then went to Fla to start a new scam.His new company is under investigation for insurance fraud also.If elected he would open the flood gates to corporate fraud at a level never seen before .Insurance fraud is bad enough in Fla,they lead the nation in insurance fraud:Medicaid,medicare.The elderly should vote this clown out of town,then put his butt in a 6.by 8 room for the rest of his life.He is only in this for one person,HIMSELF remember that people of Fla.You'll give the fox free reign in the hen house if he gets in,mark my words.He's a.crook with a capital C!! Vote Dem for Governor!!

    November 1, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. PalmReader

    I am not a resident of Florida, so far be it for me to tell Floridians whom to vote for, but is Scott REALLY the best candidate for Florida? Having been involved as CEO of a health firm indicted of extorting billions in Medicare fraud isn't the kind of candidate I would put too much trust in to *do the right thing* for MY state, or MY senior citizens. We'll see how all of this this plays out tomorrow.

    November 1, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. ART

    Don't let Rick Scott fool you he is in with those evil medical insurances who rob the American public blind so they can pay their CEO's large, large,large amounts of money on the backs of sick and dieing people

    November 1, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Scott is a joke, I wouldn't vote him for dog catcher of the month.

    November 1, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Robert Cloosdoosch

    That's it Florida -go ahead and vote for the guy whose company defrauded Medicare and was fined 1.7 billion dollars.

    November 1, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Charles

    I watched their debate. This women was stupid! If the people vote for her, they deserve the missery that follows.

    November 1, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Monster Zero

    Here is the true choice:
    Scott will cut government spending and reduce tax funded pension liabilities.
    Sink will promote government spending and create additional tax funded pension liabilities.

    What this means to the currently unemployed private sector in Florida: Another property tax hike, more fee increases aka another form of taxation; fishing licenses, hunting licenses, auto registration, boat registration, permitting fees, you name it fees.
    Vote RICK SCOTT, he gets it!

    November 1, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |