For a number of years now, it seems like Florida has been slipping away from Democrats. At one time, the quintessential swing state was always up for grabs. But over the last couple of years, Republican have won the major elections with Rick Scott becoming a senator and Ron DeSantis being voted into the governors office. Donald Trump carried the state in both 2016 and 2020.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Democrats have given up on trying to win big seats in the state. A few months back, Val Demings announced her intention to run against Republican Marco Rubio. And according to new polling in the state, she has a real chance at winning his seat.
Demings has become a national figure thanks to her performances during congressional hearings and being on Joe Biden’s short list for Vice President. A recent poll conducted by St. Pete polls showed Rubio with only a 48% to 46% lead over the challenger. The margin of error for the poll is 2.2%.
It is always a bad sign for an incumbent senator to be polling under 50%. Rubio, once seen as one of the next big things in Republican politics has seen his popularity wane over the years.
Marco Rubio holds just a two-point edge over Democratic challenger Val Demings, 48-46%
His lead is within the poll's margin of error. https://t.co/lly2f0tF1x
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 19, 2021
In other good news for the Democrat, Demings is tied with voters who identified as Independents. 8% of the down the middle voters remain undecided.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.