A new poll from Quinnipiac University is finding Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson moving seven percentage points ahead in his re-election contest with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a lead being built on the shoulders of independent voters, women, and loyal Democrats.

Quinnipiac found Nelson ahead 53 percent to 46 percent, one of the few polls with either candidate leading outside a margin of error. Since January, 13 of the 16 previous major Florida U.S. Senate polls tracked by RealClearPolitics.com had found the candidates within four points of each other, and two of the past four found them exactly tied. And other polls have agreed.

The latest Quinnipiac University Poll, conducted between last Thursday and Monday of 888 likely Florida voters, shows Nelson moving well ahead, compared with the previous Quinnipiac poll in the race, released just three weeks ago, which had the two in a dead heat, 49 to 49.

Like that earlier poll, there were very few voters not picking a preference in the new survey, down to just 1 percent this time.

Also like that poll and many others, Nelson did much better than Scott among independent voters.

And this time there appears

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