Tallahassee, Florida -- A new poll shows the race for governor is tightening up and 10 News talked with the three leading candidates in each party, who are all around the Bay area on Wednesday.
According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, former Gov. Charlie Crist edges out Gov. Rick Scott by 45 to 40 percent.
They're neck-and-neck when Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie is added to the mix with Crist at 39 percent, Scott with 37 percent and Wyllie at 9 percent.
With just over 100 days until the election, the candidates have a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to overcoming a negative public perception.
Right now, Crist and Scott are both fighting to win the voters trust. Less than half of the people polled believe either candidate is honest. While, this latest poll shows voters don't know enough about Wyllie.
Scott took his "Jobs for the Next Generation" tour to Brooksville on Wednesday afternoon visiting Interconnect Cable Technology. "My opponent is going to talk a lot, but he won't get any jobs, he lost 832,000 jobs. They know I've taken action and why we have so many jobs," Scott said.
Scott's opponent Crist is in Sarasota to talk about education with teachers.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist leads Gov Rick Scott by 45 to 40 percent in the latest poll.
"The fact that Rick Scott cut education by $1.3 billion his first year was more than disappointing to me," Crist said.
Right now, voters, don't seem to care for either candidate. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, 39 percent say Crist is trustworthy and 40 percent think Scott's honest. The candidates say they plan to gain trust by making a personal connection with voters.
"Just be me, tell the truth, look people in the eye and say I'm the same guy I was," Crist said. "I care about you, I care about people. I care about education, and I care about ethics.,"
"I travel the state, I listen to families," Scott said. "I talk about jobs, I listen to their stories."
The poll shows Wyllie is helping Scott catch up to Crist. Quinnipiac's Assistant Director Peter Brown says Wyllie is not a serious contender, but is making the race too close to call between the front-runners.
"I would disagree with not a serious contender," Wyllie said. "I am definitely in this race to win, and given the fact that we've reached 9 percent on just a minuscule fraction of the budget of the other two candidates. We're doing it through a grassroots effort. We have 1,200 volunteers statewide who are out there actively campaigning."
Ninety-two percent of the people surveyed don't know enough about Wyllie to vote for him, that's something he's working to change. While Crist and Scott, are focused only on each other.
"I think when it comes to Election Day, people don't want to waste their vote. I think they're going to vote for someone they think is going to win," Crist said.
"You should talk to Charlie, because he likes polls. He makes decisions on what polls say and his position changes each and every day," Scott said.
"We want to know the people were hiring for public office. We want to know what they believe and why they believe it. I think that's more important than Charlie Crist flip-flops and Rick Scott's non-answers. People want to know where the candidates stand and that's something I offer," Wyllie said.
Here's a little more about the Libertarian candidate: according to Wyllie's website, he's a Army Veteran, third generation Floridian, is from Dunedin and lives in Palm Harbor. He's served as chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida and is president of a tdechnology consulting firm.
Crist tells 10 News that he has no plans to debate Nan Rich, his only challenger for the Democratic nomination, before the Aug. 26 primary. Crist's sights are set on the November election.
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