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Poll: McCollum leads Sink

From a press release:

"A new statewide poll conducted for Ron Sachs Communications shows Attorney General Bill McCollum leading Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink 41 percent to 35 percent in the race for Florida Governor, with 24 percent undecided.

"McCollum enjoys high name recognition from 87 percent of registered Florida voters, while Sink is recognized by 61 percent.

"In the Republican Primary for Governor, McCollum has a crushing lead over Florida Sen. Paula Dockery – 53 percent to 4 percent among likely Republican Primary voters. Dockery’s name is recognized by only 24 percent of likely voters.

"In a hypothetical General Election matchup between Dockery and Sink, Sink leads 43 percent to 18 percent, with 39 percent undecided.

"The poll of 625 Florida registered voters was conducted June 24 – 26 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. Questions relating to the General Election have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. The poll also includes an over-sampling of 300 likely Democratic primary voters and 300 likely Republican primary voters who were asked questions relating to the primary election races. These questions have a margin for error of plus or minus 6 percent.

"In the Democratic Primary for Attorney General, Florida state senators Dan Gelber and Dave Aronberg remain essentially tied, with 11 percent and 10 percent respectively. However, should former state Sen. Rod Smith enter the race, he would lead with 13 percent. Two-thirds of voters remain undecided.

"In the Republican Primary for Attorney General, the poll shows Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp, who has not yet officially announced for the race, leading law professor Jim Lewis 12 percent to 9 percent, with 79 percent  undecided.

"In the G.O.P. race for Chief Financial Officer, Florida Senate President Jeff Atwater leads Florida Rep. Pat Patterson 17 percent to 10 percent, with 73 percent undecided.

" 'These numbers show that even as Florida voters have not yet tuned in to the Cabinet races, we can expect a very tough and competitive race for Florida Governor,” said Ron Sachs, president and CEO of Ron Sachs Communications, who commissioned the poll. “At this stage – 16 months out from Election Day – all five statewide races remain wide open and up for grabs. We can expect this campaign cycle to be the longest, most expensive and potentially the most brutal in modern Florida political history.' "