The latest Quinnipiac Poll just released this morning regarding the Florida Gubernatorial race must be giving Bill McCollum’s staffers more than a little indigestion. On the tails of yesterday’s Rasmussen Poll that found Republican Rick Scott polling stronger against Democrat Alex Sink, Quinnipiac’s latest poll has Scott leading McCollum by 13 points, an amazing turnabout. In just a few short months, Rick Scott has gone from virtual unknown to serious candidate, and it is now certain that Scott is no longer just a curiosity. Last week, Scott sat down for an interview with the Shark Tank, and you can view that interview here.
The question as to whether Rick Scott’s candidacy will sustain the test of a full primary season remains in question. Thus far, he has been the beneficiary of a lackluster McCollum campaign that has not generated substantial enthusiasm or put forth an agenda that would attract a wider base of dedicated core supporters. Voters still know little about Scott beyond his recent radio and television ad blitz. If Scott can effectively quell people’s questions regarding his tenure @ HCA- no doubt his biggest political liability- he has a fantastic shot, as McCollum is presently waging a campaign with ineffective negative ads directed at Scott. McCollum has a tough road ahead, as his establishment pedigree is much more of a liability these days in light of former RPOF Chair Jim Greer’s recent arrest; not to mention that there is a huge anti-incumbent sentiment that is primed to make a big impact this election cycle.