Polling numbers from Mason-Dixon over the weekend suggest that after a couple of months of chaos, things are finally returning to normal in the race to be the next Senator from Florida. And here's what normal looks like in the Sunshine State: the establishment Democrat, with the backing of President Clinton and President Obama, is leading the race for his party's nomination. And the Republican nominee is leading in the general election.
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A new Mason-Dixon poll shows Rep. Kendrick Meek -- the Democratic Party choice in the race -- well ahead of the upstart billionaire, Jeff Greene, who's poured millions into the primary race to knock Meek off. The poll, conducted Aug. 9-11, shows Meek leading Greene 40-26. Another new poll, conduced by the Florida news site Sunshine State News, also shows Meek with a double-digit lead in the primary race.
However, past polling, including another new poll from the weekend, has shown the race to be considerably tighter. The weekend's Ipsos poll shows Greene leading 35-31, which keeps with what we've seen in the past.
Meanwhile, the Mason-Dixon poll shows that Gov. Charlie Crist's plan to salvage his collapsed Republican campaign for Senate with an independent bid has put him right back where he was before -- running behind Republican Marco Rubio.