Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) has just a 1-point edge against incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R), according to a poll released Tuesday by the University of North Florida.
According to the survey, 34 percent of registered voters said they favor Crist, while 33 percent said they favor Scott. Another 34 percent were undecided or favored another candidate.
The UNF results are the closest findings between Crist and Scott in the race thus far, with other recent polls of the race showing Crist ahead by a statistically significant margin. UNF's last poll of the race, conducted in October, also yielded results that were closer than other firms' findings.
One reason for the relatively low support for both candidates: unlike UNF's October poll, which simply asked about Scott and Crist, the university's most recent survey asked voters to choose between "Rick Scott the Republican, Charlie Crist the Democrat, or somebody else," with 17 percent opting for another candidate.
Crist, a former Republican governor, is seeking a return to office after an ill-fated run for the U.S. Senate led him to switch parties.
The survey was conducted from March 6-March 16 among 507 registered voters, using live telephone calls to both landlines and cell phones.