Whether its the Democratic or Republican primary, outsider millionaires are leading the pack in the Florida governor and Senate races, according to Quinnipiac University's latest poll of likely Florida voters.
In the governor's primary, Republican Rick Scott leads Attorney General Bill McCollum by 11 percentage points -- 43-32, the poll says.
In the Senate primary, Democrat Jeff Greene leads Rep. Kendrick Meek by 10 points -- 33-22. Greene has gained the most ground since the last Q poll on June 10. Then, Greene trailed Meek by 2 percentage points (27-29).
Like Scott, Greene then poured his millions into advertising and watched his poll numbers rise. Neither Greene nor Scott have held elected office before. McCollum has held or run for office for the past 30 years. Meek has been in Congress and the Legislature for more than a decade.
“If there was any doubt that enough money can make a political unknown into a front-runner, the Democratic Senate primary and the Republican primary for governor should lay them to rest,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Both Greene and Scott have come from nowhere to hold double-digit leads with just a little more than three weeks until the voting.”
The poll only concerns the Aug. 24 primary. So there's no numbers concerning independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Republican Marco Rubio in the overall Senate race. Nor does the poll include questions about Democrat Alex Sink or independent Bud Chiles in the overall governor's race.