TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary warped past the $70 million mark in campaign spending this weekend, as Attorney General Bill McCollum and Naples investor Rick Scott barnstormed into Tuesday’s primary election.
But despite a nearly $50 million personal investment that has plastered Scott’s face on every channel from Fox News to Lifetime, a new poll shows Scott falling further behind McCollum where it counts: likely voters.
The Mason-Dixon poll commissioned by the Orlando Sentinel and other news organizations found McCollum with 45 percent support among likely voters compared to 36 percent support for the former health care executive. Republican Mike McAlister drew 4 percent.
The nine-point advantage among 500 GOP voters surveyed Tuesday through Thursday suggests undecided voters are breaking 2-to-1 for McCollum since the past Mason-Dixon poll a week earlier found him with a 4-percentage-point lead. The former Longwood congressman is now leading in every region of the state save for Scott’s home turf in Southwest Florida.