With Primary Opponent Nan Rich Out Of The Way, Democrat Charlie Crist Seizes the Moment in Florida Governor Fight
9 weeks until votes are counted in the 2014 election for Florida Governor, Charlie Crist, fresh off of the 08/26/14 thrashing of Democratic primary opponent Nan Rich, and in the headlines as a result, grabs a Labor Day lead, according to the latest WFLA-TV tracking poll, conducted by SurveyUSA.
Crist is at 45% today, Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott is at 43%, Libertarian Adrian Wyllie is at 4. 7% of voters are up for grabs. Compared to a WFLA-TV poll 2 weeks ago, Crist is up 4 points, Scott is down 1 point. Crist had trailed by 3, now leads by 2, a 5-point swing to the Democrat. There is movement, poll-on-poll, among voters in Central Florida and among voters age 50 to 64; both groups move toward Crist. Cubans today vote Republican, narrowly. Non-Cuban Hispanics today vote Democratic, narrowly. Whites back Scott by 6. Blacks back Crist by 59.
In Central Florida, Crist now leads by 8 points. In Southeast Florida, Crist leads by 12 points. Elsewhere, Scott leads. Crist leads narrowly among lower- and middle-income voters. Scott leads narrowly among upper-income voters. 19% of Republicans cross-over and vote Democratic today, compared to 11% of Democrats who cross-over and vote Republican. Independents break narrowly for Scott, moderates break decisively for Crist.
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 750 state of Florida adults 08/27/14 through 08/28/14. Of the adults, 667 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 580 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote on or before Election Day. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (72% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (28% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. All interviews for this survey were conducted after the results of the 08/26/14 Florida primary were known. Crist defeated Rich by 49 points.