Florida: Crist has narrow lead over Scott. The latest Quinnipiac Poll, released yesterday, showed former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) with 39%, incumbent Gov. Rick Scott (R) with 37%, and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie with 9%. Crist’s lead is down from Quinnipiac’s April survey, which he led with 48% to Scott’s 38%. Neither of the major party candidates has a favorable rating. Scott gets a 48% unfavorable to 43% favorable, while Crist gets 42% unfavorable to 40% unfavorable. Wylie is largely unknown to votes.
South Carolina: Haley leads Sheheen. It’s 53% for Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) to 40% for state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), according to a poll taken for Charleston’s Post & Courier and ABC News 4, released Tuesday. If two minor candidates are included, it’s significantly closer, with 46% for Haley, 42% for, when Libertarian Steve French and independent Tom Ervin were included. Haley’s job approval is 48% to 41% who disapprove of her performance in office. Haley wins white voters by 59% to 28%; Sheheen won non-whites by 81% to 9%.
Zippity-do-dah: Dixie cities happier than Northern ones. A survey of residents of metropolitan areas with one million or more population, published yesterday on AOL, found that nine of the ten happiest cities were in the South. Richmond-St. Petersburg, VA was the happiest, followed by eight more Southern cities. In 10th place was Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ. Moreover, only one of the ten unhappiest cities was in the South: Louisville, KY. All nine of the others were Yankee urban areas. The unhappiest? New York City.