Florida Poll: Sen. Rubio Leads Rep. Demings in Tight Race Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (Getty Images)
By Eric Mack | Friday, 09 September 2022 11:56 AM EDT
The Senate race in Florida is so close it is virtually tied statistically, putting the onus on voter turnout in a key battleground state that has seen Republican registered voters trump Democrats in recent years.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leads Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., for one of Florida's two Senate seats by just 2 points, which is within the 4.2 percentage point margin of error in the latest Fox 35 Orlando poll.
Rubio drew 46% support to Demings' 44%, razor-thin margins that have been prevalent in previous polling on this race.
"These results are pretty much consistent with other recent polls as reported by RealClearPolitics," Insider Advantage founder Matt Towery wrote in a statement to FOX 35.
While both Rubio and Demings have near full support of their party's voters, Demings holds a 2-point edge on Rubio among independents in the Florida poll.
Rubio leads among Hispanic, Latino, and white demographics, while Demings, a Black woman, is favored among African Americans, according to the poll.
"As usual in Florida, the race will be decided by voter turnout," Towery's statement concluded. "Rubio will have a slight advantage as to the number of registered Republican voters."
Fox 35 Orlando polled 550 likely Florida voters Sept. 5-6, and the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.