Democrats are leading in Senate and gubernatorial races in Florida, ahead of November’s midterm elections, according to a poll from NBC News and Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
Democrat Bill Nelson, who’s looking to hold on to his U.S. Senate seat from Republican Rick Scott, the Sunshine State’s governor, has support from 48 percent of likely voters. Scott has garnered 45 percent of the support, while 6 percent of likely voters say they’re undecided.
Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for governor, is ahead of his Republican opponent Ron DeSantis by 5 points with 48 percent of the support, according to the poll.
“The political environment in Florida, overall, is tipping in the Democrats’ favor,” Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, told NBC News.
Nelson holds a sizeable lead among African-American voters (78 percent to 15 percent), while Gillum has garnered 86 percent of Black voters’ support, compared to DeSantis’ 9 percent.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.