Poll Has Governor's race Too Close To Call

posted by Alan McBride - 

The most recent poll on the Florida governor’s race indicates it's too close to call.

The poll, from Quinnipiac University, shows 50 percent of likely voters supporting Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat.

The poll says 47 percent favor U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican.

According to the poll, there are wide gender and racial gaps, with males backing DeSantis 52 - 45 percent and women supporting Gillum 55 - 42 percent.

The poll also found white voters going Republican by a narrow 52 - 45 percent, and black voters going Democratic 93 - 2 percent. 

Hispanic voters, according to the poll, went 56 percent for DeSantis and 43 percent for Gillum. 

Republicans back DeSantis 92 - 6 percent, as Democrats back Gillum 93 - 3 percent. 

Independent voters go to Gillum 55 - 42 percent, the poll showed. 

The Quinnipiac poll notes that among Florida likely voters who name a candidate choice, 94 percent say their mind is made up. 

Gillum gets a 46 - 33 percent favorability rating, while DeSantis gets a split 45 - 43 percent favorability rating. 

And pollster Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, says the early momentum appears to be favoring Gillum.

"Mayor Andrew Gillum came out of his upset victory in the Florida Democratic primary with a head of steam," Brown said. "That momentum shows itself as Gillum hits 50 percent in a neck-and-neck match-up with Republican U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for the four-year lease on the governor's mansion."

Brown also notes that neither man was well-known before their primaries, but since then the race has become a center of political attention in the state.

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