Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist ran almost neck-and-neck with Hispanic voters in the November 4, election, according to a recent post-election poll commissioned by the Republican Party of Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported. These findings differ starkly from the exit polls used by media organizations.
Undertaken by the Republican firm OnMessage Inc., and conducted during the period Nov. 10-12, the poll found Crist marginally edging out Scott by 49 percent to 47 percent among Hispanic voters, well within the margin of error. Exit polls used by a number of media outlets had Crist trouncing Scott among Latino voters by a 58 percent to 38 percent margin, the Post also reported.
The RPOF poll also found that voters of Cuban descent favored Scott over Crist by a 65-to-30 percent margin. The media exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the National Election Pool had Crist topping Scott among Cuban-Americans by a 50-to-46 percent margin.
The OnMessage poll was conducted among 1,000 voters and has a margin of error of +/-3.1 percent.