April 12, 2010

Election 2010: Florida Republican Primary for Senate

Florida Senate GOP Primary: Rubio 57%, Crist 28%

Rasmussen Reports (4/12/2010) Support for Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate bid has fallen this month to its lowest level yet. Just 28% of the state’s likely Republican voters support his candidacy now, down six points from March. House Speaker Marco Rubio edging up a point from last month to 57%, his highest level of support to date. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and 12% are undecided.

Republican Primary voters see Rubio as a stronger candidate than Crist in the General Election. Eighty-one percent (81%) say Rubio would be at least Somewhat Likely to win if nominated while just 63% say the same of Crist. Both Crist and Rubio with a double-digit lead over their likely Democratic opponent, Congressman Kendrick Meek.

Crist, an early favorite in the race, was the choice of the party establishment but angered conservatives when he was one of the few Republicans to endorse President Obama’s $787-billion economic stimulus plan. Rubio, initially a long-shot contender, was embraced by the Tea Party movement, and Crist’s support has been falling ever since.

The race has been all downhill for Crist. Last August, he had 53% support and a wide lead. He and Rubio were tied in December. Crist is down nine points from January. Rubio, by comparison, went from 31% support last August to 49% by January. He’s been in the mid-50s since then. [Read More]

TAGS: Marco Rubio, Charlie Crist, Florida, Republican, Primary, US Senate

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