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Jax Daily Record Friday, May 25, 201212:00 PM EST

Different Florida poll: Obama leads

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While the latest Quinnipiac University poll shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading in Florida, a separate poll by NBC News and Marist shows President Barack Obama ahead in Florida in his bid for re-election.

According to the NBC-Marist survey, Obama would receive 45 percent of the vote in Florida if the election were held today, while Romney would receive 40 percent.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would lead a ticket of Romney and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio by a 48-44 margin, while the gap would close to 47-45 if Romney chose former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The poll also shows incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson beating Republican Congressman Connie Mack, the GOP front-runner, by a 46-42 margin.

Democrats have complained that the Quinnipiac poll is too heavily weighted toward Republicans, but the Marist poll gives a strong edge to Democrats that might not materialize in November: 43 percent of those polled were Democrats, 35 percent were Republicans and 21 percent were independents.

The poll was taken of 1,078 registered voters May 17-20 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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