The Washington Times - October 11, 2010, 03:43PM

Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott holds a tenuous 3-point lead lead over Democrat Alex Sink in a new poll, though the race remains one of the closest governor’s races in the country.

The results of a Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters released Monday finds Scott with 50 percent support, while Sink counters with 47 percent of the vote. The survey reflects the strongest showing to date for both candidates in a Rasmussen poll, as the number of undecided voters has declined. 


The survey, which has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, was taken the night before the candidates held their first televised debate in a race most race handicappers consider the race much too close to call. 

Scott’s lead shrunk by two-percentage points compared with a Rasmussen survey taken about a week earlier. But at the beginning of September the candidates were virtually tied. Prior to this latest survey, Scott’s support since May ranged from 35 percent to 46 percent, while Sink’s has run from 31 percent to 44 percent.

The contest continues to be a “toss up” on the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard. 

A Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey taken last week showed Sink with a 4 percentage-point lead.