David Yates Jun. 10, 2014, 9:42pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, is no longer leading current Republican Gov. Rick Scott, a new poll suggests.

A series of older Quinnipiac polls showed Crist leading Scott 48-38 percent in April, 46-38 percent in January and 47-40 percent in a November.

However, the candidates are now tied at 42 percent apiece, according to a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday.

The poll shows that voters aren't exactly high on either candidate, with Scott coming in at a 39 percent approval rating, compared to Crist's 32 percent.

"Rick Scott's early ad blitz has taken a big toll on Charlie Crist's image in Florida," said Dean Debnam, president of PPP. "Although Scott himself remains unpopular, he's driven Crist's negatives high enough to make this into a toss up race."

Crist has openly criticized Scott and his "$100 million war machine."

The poll shows 61 percent of Republicans approve of Scott while 26 percent disapprove. Forty-three percent of independents approve of Scott, while 42 percent disapprove.

Crist leads Scott amongst moderate voters 44 percent to 36 percent, the poll states.

PPP surveyed 672 registered voters from Friday-Monday.

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