Looks like the biggest winner of the Senate primary season in Florida could be Marco Rubio. Now that the Senate field is set, Rubio, the Republican nominee, is in the driver’s seat, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. The survey of 750 likely voters taken the day after the August 24 primary shows Rubio with 40% of the vote, independent Charlie Crist with 30% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek with 21%.
The last Rasmussen poll of the race — taken on Aug. 9 in the midst of the heated Democratic primary — showed Rubio leading Crist 38-33 with Meek drawing 21% of the vote. The new poll shows Rubio has doubled his lead over Crist.
Rubio also now leads the TPM Poll Average, but by a much, much smaller margin. Rubio leads Crist 35.2-34.7, with Meek drawing 17.8.