In a race that has looked deadlocked in recent weeks, Democratic former Gov. Charlie Crist has opened up a 3-point lead over incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), according to a poll released Thursday.
The Quinnipiac University poll found Crist receiving support from 43 percent of likely voters, compared to Scott’s 40 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie received 8 percent.
A Quinnipiac poll released the previous week had shown a tied race between Crist and Scott. The latest poll showed Crist gaining support from independent voters, where he led Scott by 18 points.
Crist’s lead was just inside the 3.1 percent margin of error. The poll was conducted from Oct. 22 through Oct. 27 and surveyed 817 likely voters.
The TPM PollTracker average on Thursday gave Crist a 1.7 percent lead.