Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --
A poll suggests Republican Marco Rubio has opened a double-digit lead in Florida's U.S. Senate race over Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.
The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, Sept. 30 says Rubio was favored by 46 percent of 1,151 likely voters. It was conducted
between Sept. 23 and 28 and its margin of error is plus or minus
2.9 percentage points.
Crist, who left the GOP in April to run for the Senate as an
independent, was favored by 33 percent. Meek, a Miami congressman,
was the choice of 18 percent.
Rubio, a former state House speaker, built his lead by getting
the support of 83 percent of Republicans and splitting the
independent vote with Crist. Meanwhile, Meek and Crist are
splitting the Democrats.
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