New polls, familiar story: Florida a toss-up in race for White House

Trump, Clinton

Trump, Clinton

New Florida polls released Friday are basically showing the same old results: The Sunshine State is a toss-up in the presidential contest.

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research gives Democrat Hillary Clinton a 44 percent to 42 percent lead over Republican Donald Trump. But that gap is well within the survey’s 4 percent margin-of-error.

An online survey from icitizen gives Clinton a 5 percentage point edge, in a survey with a 4 percent margin-of-error.

Mason-Dixon adds that its findings underscore another hardy perennial in Florida politics. The Interstate-4 corridor will prove decisive. And right now, the two leading contenders split the region.

“The battleground once again is in the I-4 corridor. The race in that area is essentially tied, with Clinton leading 44%-40% in the Tampa Bay region and Trump leading 46%-42% in Central Florida,” according to Mason-Dixon’s analysis.

Mason-Dixon surveyed 625 registered Florida voters by phone Monday through Wednesday. Icitizen relied on 600 registered Florida voters who went online from Aug. 18-24.

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