Previous GOP unknown in Florida's governor's race ties Democrat Alex Sink in new poll

Former health care executive Rick Scott's mass ad campaign via television and the Internet continues to pay dividends - as well as demonstrate how many Floridians have not focused that extensively in non U.S. Senate races in Florida this year - by actually leading Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Alex Sink in a new Rasmussen poll released today.

Scott blew away some people 10 days ago when he polled at 24% in a Mason-Dixon GOP poll against long time gubernatorial front-runner Bill McCollum, who was at 38% in the same poll.

Now the very wealthy candidate - who is probably is best known through his ads for being against the Obama led health care reform plan and against illegal immigration - polls at 41% to 40% for Sink in a mock match-up against the presumptive Democratic nominee.

When asked about this new survey,  the CFO downplayed it, saying, "These new polls are going to be all over the mark.  The real question is is that Rick Scott and Bill McCollum are going to be in a real primary."  Speaking on a conference call to reporters as she unveiled her plan to streamline state government, Sink said she'll continue to continue to travel throughout the state to talk to Floridians and small business owners about her plans for reforming the state.

Of course, there's still the potential that Sink might have a primary race of her own to possibly contend with.  Bud Chiles, the son of the late former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles, declined an invitation to speak with CL today about his plans, but say he is seriously contemplating a possible run.

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