Oct 5, 2022 - Politics

DeSantis and Rubio lead races, new polling suggests

Gov. Ron DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. Photos: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

New polls suggest that Republicans are taking the lead in two of Florida's most highly watched races this November.

What's happening: Gov. Ron DeSantis is leading Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist 52% to 41%, with 6% of voters undecided, according to a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy poll.

  • Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio is leading Democratic Rep. Val Demings 47% to 41% in the U.S. Senate race, per Mason-Dixon's polling. 10% of voters were undecided in the Senate race.

Zoom in: DeSantis had a 52% to 39% advantage among independent voters, while Crist had a 50% to 42% advantage among Hispanic voters.

  • Rubio had a 44% to 39% edge among independents, while he and Demings split the Hispanic vote.

Details: Mason-Dixon surveyed 800 registered Florida voters from Sept. 26-28. All respondents said they are likely to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

  • Both polls have a margin of error is 3.5 percentage points.

What to know: The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 11, less than a week away.

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