After two months of lagging behind in the polls, gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum has claimed a slight lead over GOP primary opponent Rick Scott, new results show.
But the biggest winner of the rough-and-tumble primary season appears to be Alex Sink, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor who has sprung ahead of both Republicans in general election match-ups.
Scott, a multimillionaire candidate who is financing his own race, was leading Bill McCollum by as much as 16 percent in several pollsreleased in late July and early August. But according to this latest survey by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Scott now trails McCollum, the state’s attorney general, 30 percent to 34 percent.
The spread between the two candidates falls just within the poll’s 4 percent margin of error, while 33 percent of likely GOP voters remain undecided. Nonetheless,
it represents a substantial turnaround for McCollum, who was six points behind Scott in Mason-Dixon’s last survey, released Aug. 6.
Scott and McCollum have been duking it out in a nasty primary battle this summer, spending tens of millions of dollars on attack ads. Scott has slammed McCollum as being a career politician who flip-flops on conservative issues, and recently accused him of abusing his powers office. McCollum, meanwhile, has argued that Scott can’t be trusted since the healthcare company he led as CEO in the 1990s, Columbia/HCA, had to pay $1.7 billion in fines for Medicare fraud.