Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds a slight lead 46 percent to 44 percent over longtime incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in the race for U.S. Senate, according to a Spectrum poll released Wednesday.
Scott was also in the lead when it came to approval ratings, with 48 percent saying they approve of the job he is doing as governor compared to 40 percent who say they disapprove. Forty-percent said they approved of the job Nelson, a Democrat, was doing as U.S. Senator, compared to 35 percent who said they disapproved.
The high-stakes race is a "toss up," according to the Cook Political Report, and is one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country leading up to November's midterm elections. Scott is a two-term governor who has mounted an aggressive campaign since securing the Republican nomination to challenge Nelson, spending more than $20 million on his Senate bid.
Nelson joined the Senate in 2001 and was uncontested for the Democratic Senate nomination.
Spectrum's poll surveyed 634 likely voters with a credibility interval of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.
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