Scott Leads Crist by Six Points in Latest Poll

Leave it to Florida Democrats to somehow screw up a race that less than a year ago seemed impossible to lose.

According to the latest poll released by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist by 3 points in a head-to-head match up. That lead increases to six points when Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix.

Scott leads Crist 44-41 in the head-to-head survey, and 41-35 in the three-way race with Wyllie getting 4 percent.

The poll was conducted by Cherry Communications, and surveyed 627 likely voters between August 11 and 13. The poll has a margin of error of three points.

Granted, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is a big backer of Rick Scott, but the poll isn't out of line with other recent polls.

A Survey USA poll from earlier this month showed Scott with a two-point lead. A Rasmussen poll from late July gave Scott a one-point advantage, and a CBS/New York Times poll gave Scott a six-point lead.

The Chamber thinks that Scott's lead has to do with job growth and economic concerns.

"I believe a major reason Charlie Crist is visibly losing support is because voters are beginning to realize that Rick Scott's private-sector pro-jobs plan is working and that Florida continues to move in the right direction," said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, in a statement.

Twenty-nine percent said that jobs and the economy were their top concerns.

The recent swing in favor of Scott comes as he's started to unleash more and more television and radio ads, many of them attacking Crist. Though, despite his fundraising and ad advantage, Scott has yet to pull the race out of the margin of error in most polls.

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