Rick Scott for Donald Trump VP? Florida poll bad for him, good for medical marijuana

Rick Scott has been praising Donald Trump since January, fueling speculation he could be Trump's running mate.
Rick Scott has been praising Donald Trump since January, fueling speculation he could be Trump’s running mate.

While Florida Gov. Rick Scott has been getting some mention as a potential running mate for Donald Trump, a new Quinnipiac University poll suggests Scott might not be an asset to the ticket in critical Florida.


Only 40 percent of Florida voters approve of the way Scott is handling his job as governor, with 49 percent disapproving. Scott’s approval rating has exceeded his disapproval rating only twice in Quinnipiac’s polling — in February 2011, his second month in office (35 percent approval, 22 percent disapproval) and last August (45 percent approval, 44 percent disapproval).


Quinnipiac, which released polling Tuesday that shows Trump and Hillary Clinton virtually tied in Florida, followed up today with a poll showing the state’s U.S. Senate race remains up for grabs and strong voter support for a medical marijuana initiative.


Voters favor a medical marijuana initiative slated for the November ballot by an 80-to-16 margin. That includes 71 percent support among Republicans, 84 percent support among independents and 79 percent support among seniors. Sixty percent of voters must approve of the measure to add it to the state constitution.


A similar marijuana measure failed in 2014, garnering 57.6 percent despite much stronger polling numbers before the vote.


In the Senate race, Quinnipiac didn’t poll on the five-candidate Republican primary or the Democratic primary between Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson, but tested various hypothetical matchups between the Democratic and Republican candidates.


With a high percentage of undecided voters in every pairing, Murphy appears to be the strongest candidate. He edges each Republican by between 1 point and 5 points in a poll that has a 3 percent margin of error. Grayson, meanwhile, edges businessman Carlos Beruff by 1 point, runs even with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and trails Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis and businessman Todd Wilcox by 2 points apiece — all virtual ties considering the margin of error.



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