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A New Poll Shows the Race Between Scott and Crist a Dead Heat

Florida elections
Posted at 9:00 PM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 18:06:50-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - With less than two weeks before Election Day, a new poll shows the race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist is a dead heat.

According to The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the poll shows Scott and Crist deadlocked, with each receiving 42% of the vote. Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie received 7%. If Wyllie is not factored in, Scott and Crist were tied at 44%.  

Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown says, voters feel they will be casting ballots for the "lesser of two evils." He adds that support for Wyllie has dropped in recent polling, and the race could turn on which major-party candidate picks up the voters leaving the Libertarian.

According to Quinnipiac University Pollster Peter Brown, "If it gets down to five or four percent who vote for Mr. Wyllie, that's going to be another point or two that someone else, either Crist or Scott is going to get. In a race this close, that could be the difference."

The survey of 984 likely voters was conducted from October 14th through the 20th., The survey does not take into account the race's third and final debate Tuesday night in Jacksonville.

The new poll indicated that 90% of voters who say they supported a candidate are unlikely to change their minds before the November 4th election.