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Poll: Crist maintains lead over Davis

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 20, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - Republican Charlie Crist keeps a solid lead in the governor's race over Democrat Jim Davis less than three weeks from Election Day, a new poll shows.

Attorney General Crist was favored by 50 percent compared with 39 percent for the Tampa congressman with just 9 percent undecided, according to a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey of 625 registered voters. The poll's margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

Three weeks ago, Crist led 51 percent to Davis' 36 percent in a similar survey.

In the latest poll, Crist had leads in every region of the state except heavily Democratic South Florida.

In the Florida Keys and West Palm Beach region, Davis was favored by 51 percent to 41 percent for Crist. But Crist held a 53 percent to 38 percent advantage in the Tampa Bay area, as well as in the Central Florida area, where the attorney general was favored 53 percent to 35 percent.

The candidates will face off in two statewide television debates before Nov. 7.