[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.

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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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