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Rubio Holds 6-Point Lead Over Demings in Florida Senate Race: Poll

By    |   Tuesday, 04 October 2022 10:46 AM EDT

In yet another poll, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continues to hold an edge over his Democrat opponent in Florida's U.S. Senate race.

Rubio leads Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., 47% to 41%, according to the latest Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy survey released Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Another 2% say they plan to vote for another candidate, and 10% are undecided.

A Spectrum News/Siena College survey released Monday showed Rubio ahead of Demings 48% to 41%.

The Mason-Dixon poll showed little change in the race since February, when a survey showed Rubio leading 49% to 42%.

"Despite millions of dollars spent on advertising by both campaigns, little seems to have changed since February," Mason-Dixon Director Brad Coker said, the Sentinel reported.

Support has remained steady as well. Rubio (86%) and Demings (84%) are winning the support among their parties' voters. The Republican, however, is earning 44% among independents compared to Demings' 39%, the Mason-Dixon poll found.

Independent voters comprise nearly one-third of Florida's registered voters.

Florida's Hispanic voters are divided evenly between the two candidates, with each receiving 45%. The state's Hispanic voters traditionally have leaned Democrat.

Demings has not been helped by President Joe Biden's sagging approval numbers; 54% of the Mason-Dixon poll respondents say they do not approve of Biden's job performance, while 42% approve.

Rubio and Demings have good favorable ratings, and Demings has a higher percentage of respondents who either are neutral or have not heard of her.

Rubio is seen as favorable by 48% and unfavorable by 39%; Demings has a 33% favorable rating, 29% unfavorable, 22% neutral and 16% without recognition, the Mason-Dixon poll found.

Demings trails Rubio in all regions of the state except the Democrat stronghold of South Florida.

Rubio leads by 15 points among men, while Demings leads with women by just 3 points.

The Mason-Dixon poll was conducted Sept. 26-28 and is based on telephone interviews with 800 registered Florida voters statewide. It has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in yet another poll, continues to hold an edge over his Democrat opponent in Florida's U.S. Senate race.
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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 10:46 AM
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