Spring has barely sprung and already we’re we’re prognosticating next year’s governor’s race here in Florida. A new poll conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research for the Sayfie Review shows that Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a democrat, is in a dead heat with Attorney General Bill McCollum — that’s if next year’s governor’s race (Nov. 2010) were held today and current popular governor Charlie Crist were to not run for reelection. I think you’ll agree that it’s way too early to set odds on this one. The poll, by the way, also showed Governor Crist doing well — if he decides to run for the U.S. senate seat being vacated next year by Mel Martinez. This race has already drawn a number of contenders including a couple of high profile South Florida demos — U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and State Sen. Dan Gelber.
The poll numbers reveal that McCollum is currently at 36% and Sink comes in at 35%. The undecideds are at 29%.
As an aside, Crist might just jump into the senate race. He has said he will wait for after the Florida legislative session which is winding down by the end of this month. Actually, the job might fit him better. Charlie is said to be a likable guy who likes the idea of getting lost in the crowd — except when there’s a photo opportunity. But he doesn’t seem to revel in taking on the hard assignments and carrying them through to closure. Sounds like the perfect Florida senator…
Alvaro F. Fernandez