[UPDATE] Split Vote is Helping Rubio

By: Whitney Ray, AP Email
By: Whitney Ray, AP Email

[UPDATE] 10-13 8:25AM -- Tallahassee, Florida —

A new poll shows Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio's criticism of President Barack Obama is resonating with Florida voters as they favor him by a wide margin over independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

Rubio was favored by 44 percent to Crist's 30 percent in a survey of 1,055 likely Florida voters conducted between Oct. 6 and 10 by Quinnipiac University. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Meek has trailed badly throughout the three-way contest. He has 22 percent.

The results released Wednesday, Oct. 13, nearly mirrored Quinnipiac's survey two weeks ago that showed Rubio with a 13-point advantage over Crist.

The governor had a slight lead in some polls early in the race following his decision to leave the GOP.


Tallahassee, FL - Since declaring himself Independent in May, Governor Charlie Crist has picked up key endorsements and donations from Democratic power brokers. But according to voter polls he still lacks the support needed to win a three way race against Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

Most voter polls show Rubio with 40 percent support, Crist with 30 and Meek right around 20. Which means Rubio has an easy path to victory even though more than half the voters polled say they’re going to cast a ballot against him.

Asked Tuesday if a vote for Meek was really a vote for Rubio, Crist responded;

“It looks like it, yeah. Regrettably, that would be the case,” said Crist.

But Meek says Crist is the spoiler. Pollsters say it’s all about perspective.

“From Mr. Meek’s point of view one assumes he believes a vote for Governor Crist is a vote for Rubio, which I guess means everybody is voting for Mr. Rubio,” said Peter Brown, Pollster for Quinnipiac.

Meek points to the support he’s picking up from the President and other high ranking Democrats as the reason why he’s staying put. Crist points to his ability to get support from both parties. But as long as the finger pointer continues Rubio is the real winner.

A new Quinnipiac polls of likely voters will be released tomorrow showing the latest numbers in the US Senate race.

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  • by ETurnage Location: Tallahassee on Oct 14, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    Jay, have you ever seen so much discontent and disgust leveled on incumbent politicians before? It's well deserved, Boyd, Sink, Meeks and Crist worked hard to get to where they are with the majority of voters. Boyd especially. The problem is that they failed to work for the voter. Now someone else ( Rubio, Southerland and Scott ) will get a chance. The price you pay for being deaf...
  • by mad-voter on Oct 13, 2010 at 01:01 PM
    Rubio, you'll probably get elected because of your anti-Obama stance but if you pull the same mess that Allen Boyd pulled we'll send you packing just like we're going to do to Boyd...
  • by Jay Location: over round home on Oct 13, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    Does anyone remember those poll numbers that said John was 8 points ahaed of Obama in 2008 and then Obama won. Did anyone consider the polls are using landline phones which a lot of under forty (age) people no longer have and pollsters do not have cell phone #'s data base to poll. So go ahead and tell yourself and people watching out of date television programing the polls predictions and outcomes. Its invalid but some believe it like those who watch Fox News. It untrue but that doesn't stop people from repeating it over and over. Out of touch, out of date, out of time and out of luck.
  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    I can't vote in this election but you can bet I'd vote for Rubio if I could. Sounds as if Crist and the Democrats would have fared better if he had changed parties and run against Meek for the Democratic nomination for Congress rather than Republican. Then he wouldn't have been involved in a split vote.
  • by James on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    Well they can say that Rubio signed off, but the 1DCA judges sure did too, and they obviously saw no corruption in the Taj. So, all this happened UNDER SINK and CRIST who could have audited/VETOED it back in the beginning, but were too busy making friends for voting contributions. There is nothing wrong with 1DCA getting a Taj as it is called. If they had not built it where it is, it would have costs millions and millions MORE, so good job for the Court keeping on top of the costs, and THAT THEY DID. And BTW, "fine furnishings" did not make it spiral! They were more frugal than DMS >>>> SINK >>> made them be. Some of you must have thought the figure was in excess of 50 BILLION, not the lower one of 50 million. Probably because you are used to Obama spending $$BILLIONS$! “From Mr. Meek’s point of view one assumes he believes a vote for Governor Crist is a vote for Rubio, which I guess means EVERYBODY IS VOTING FOR Mr. Rubio,” said Peter Brown, Pollster for Quinnipiac." Yes THEY ARE.
  • by Alice Location: Crawfordville on Oct 13, 2010 at 04:34 AM
    Rubio SIGNED off on THE TAJ MAHALL on the last day of 2007 what other back door last minute deals will Mario Rubio signed off on?? I rather give my vote to Meeks then either of this two losers. Don't let the door of Fla hit U in the buttocks Charlie & Rubio
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