By Marc Caputo (Poltico) –
Florida Gov. Rick Scott holds a double-digit lead over Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson among Hispanic voters 50 and older in a new Florida poll, the latest sign that Nelson is struggling to rally Hispanic voters behind his reelection bid.
Scott’s support is buoyed by strong Cuban-American backing and decent favorability ratings among Puerto Rican voters, who tend to support Democrats. Without a greater foothold among Hispanic voters, Nelson is at risk in a Senate race that is essential to Democratic hopes of winning a Senate majority this fall.
The Republican governor’s 14 percentage-point advantage among older Hispanic voters in the Senate race stands in stark contrast to the essentially tied gubernatorial contest in which Republican Ron DeSantis has a slim lead of 2 points over Democrat Andrew Gillum, according to the AARP/Univision/Bendixen & Amandi International survey.