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Rasmussen gives Scott slight edge over Sink

Rasmussen (robo poll, 750 likely voters, MoE: 4.5%) reports that Rick Scott leads Alex Sink 35-31 in the general election, while Sink leads Bill McCollum 31-27 in a hypothetical November match-up. Seems rather odd that the firm is not polling the head-to-head primary election, when we're three weeks away from Election Day. From the pollster's write-up:

Rick Scott remains the stronger of the two Republican hopefuls for governor of Florida against Democrat Alex Sink, with independent candidate "Bud" Chiles siphoning votes from both parties.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida shows Scott with 35% of the vote, Sink with 31% and Chiles trailing at 16%. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided.

If state Attorney General Bill McCollum is the GOP candidate, Sink earns 31% of the vote to McCollum’s 27%. Chiles picks up 20% of the vote. Eight percent (8%) favor another candidate, and 13% remain undecided.

This is the first Rasmussen Reports survey to include Chiles, the son of a popular former Democratic governor. In June, Scott posted a 45% to 40% lead over Sink, while McCollum edged the Democrat 40% to 38%.