Mitt Romney has taken a strong lead in Florida, according to a poll released Thursday.
Romney leads 51 percent to 44 percent, in a survey by Mason-Dixon. The survey of 800 likely voters was conducted oct. 8-10, and has a 3.5 percent margin of error. In the previous Mason-Dixon poll, conducted in mid-September, President Obama had an edge of 48 percent to 47 percent.
"There's no question in my mind that debate made people stand up and pay attention, and it really wiped away any questions people had about Romney, whether they were undecided or soft for Obama," polling director Brad Coker told the Tampa Bay Times, which co-sponsored the poll.
The PollTracker Average shows Romney ahead in Florida, 48.2 percent to 46.6 percent.