Bill Nelson and Rick Scott

While most recent polls have shown a very close race, a new survey from Quinnipiac University finds U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., with a solid lead over Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott. 

In sharp contrast to a Quinnipiac poll taken in the first week of September which had both candidates taking 49 percent, the new poll of likely voters has Nelson with 53 percent and Scott at 46 percent. 

Nelson takes 58 percent of women while 41 percent back Scott though men prefer the governor 51 percent to 47 percent. White voters go for Scott 53 percent to 45 percent but black voters break 90 percent to 10 percent for Nelson while Hispanics back the Democrat 61 percent to 39 percent. 

Both candidates have secured their party bases with Nelson getting 94 percent of Democrats while 89 percent of Republicans back Scott. Nelson leads with voters outside the major parties 56 percent to 40 percent. 

With six weeks to go, the overwhelming majority of voters behind either Scott and Nelson–94 percent–say their mind is made up on who they will back. 

A majority of those surveyed–53 percent–see Nelson as favorable while 41 percent view him

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