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Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott. Flickr/<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottforflorida/4517644139/">ScottForFlorida</a>

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Down in the Sunshine State, it’s a nail-biter of a governor’s race, with a new poll released today, on the morning before Election Day, showing Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott neck and neck. The poll, released by Quinnipiac University, puts Sink, the state’s chief financial officer, ahead of health-care executive Scott by a single percentage point, 44 to 43. Other candidates claim 4 percent in the poll, while 9 percent are undecided.

Sink may be ahead, but it looks like her momentum is slipping on the eve of Election Day. In a Quinnipiac poll from last week, Sink led Scott by 4 points. Here’s more from the Miami Herald‘s Naked Politics blog:

Sink remains slightly better-liked, with 43 percent of voters having a favorable opinion and 40 percent an unfavorable one. Scott remains upside-down: 50 percent view him negatively; 39 percent positively. Sink is also favored by independents (47-34) and draws slightly more Republican votes (10 percent) than Scott (5 percent).

The poll also finds 9 percent of voters say they might change their minds. That’s probably doubtful. If there’s any change of heart, it could involve not going to the polls. And that would likely hurt Sink. Despite the closeness of the race, Sink remains behind right now, with Republicans vastly outperforming Democrats in votes cast by early and absentee ballots. If Sink fails to inspire rank-and-file Democrats tomorrow, call him Gov. Rick Scott.

And because you’ve read this far, and have soldiered through this bitter, contentious, attack-heavy election season, here’s some lighter fare for you. (Teaser: It’s Alex Sink dancing to “Dangerous” by Akon. Judgment withheld.)

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