Make no mistake, Gov. Rick Scott is still among the least popular governors in the country, tied for sixth least liked out of 36 we have polled on since the start of 2011. 39% approve of his job performance and 51% disapprove--still not good numbers, but the best we've ever found for him. That is up from a 31-56 spread just a month earlier.
Scott's improvement is a combination of a rise in his support from independents and his own party.
- Independents now split on him, 43-43, when they were at 26-60 in June. That is over half his improvement.
- The rest comes from Republicans, who now sit at 64-27 on their governor, versus 53-31.
He has still upset too many of his own partisans, but he is coming back to safer territory.
Scott also has pulled to within three points of Charlie Crist in a hypothetical match-up 44 to 41 percent.
Florida GOP Raises $9.1 Million to Dems' $2.2 Million
The Republican Party of Florida collected nearly $9.1 million in contributions between April 1 and Aug. 9, more than four times as much as the Florida Democratic Party brought in, according to newly filed reports.
The GOP has raised a total of $12 million this year. The Democratic Party raised about $2.2 million during the recent period and has collected slightly more than $3.3 million this year.
- Progress Energy, which recently merged with Duke Energy, was one of the top donors to the GOP since April 1, contributing $560,000.
- Other big donors included Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who gave $250,000.
Florida Democrat Congressional Candidates Hold Razor-Thin Lead
Democrats have a razor-thin one-point edge in a generic Congressional ballot in Public Policy Polling's first likely-voter test of that measure. 45% of voters prefer the unnamed Democrat in their district, to 44% who side with the Republican. That is similar to June's 46-44. The two parties are polarized, but the GOP leads 45-30 with independents.
MUST-SEE: MIKE WEINSTEIN'S NEW WONDERFULLY HORRIBLE TV SPOT via The News Service of Florida.
The Aaron Bean-Mike Weinstein race has been one of the least clean and nice among the Republican primaries - but Mike Weinstein's new video seems to imply that that's not really what Weinstein would like. His new video suggests, "Don't be nasty and mean, let's all keep it clean."
And then it suggests doing the Weinstein Slide, and "breaking it on down with M-I-K-E"
This video might get the award for song that is least like the outward appearance of the candidate it backs.
Senate District 18: Wilton Simpson raised more than $300,000
Though he appears to face little opposition in Senate District 18, Trilby Republican Wilton Simpson has raised more than $300,000 for the fall election. Simpson collected $25,400 between July 21 and Aug. 9, bringing his overall total to $301,750, according to new campaign-finance reports via the News Service of Florida.
The only other candidate in the race, Hudson Democrat Joshua Smith, had raised a total of $2,000, and that money came from the Florida Democratic Party, largely to pay Smith's fees to qualify for the race. The newly drawn District 18 includes parts of Hernando, Pasco and Sumter counties.
CHICK-FIL-A POPULAR IN FLORIDA: 54% see it favorably and 20% unfavorably
NOT A LIST ADAM HASNER WANTS TO BE ON: The former Florida House Majority Leader and congressional candidate is No. 3 on BuzzFeed's list of the 8 craziest candidates of 2012.