Poll: Crist Ahead Of Rubio By Nine Points, But He’s Below 50 Percent

The new Zogby poll of the Florida Republican Senate primary gives moderate Gov. Charlie Crist the lead over his more conservative challenger, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio — but Rubio isn’t all that far behind, and Crist is below 50% support.

The numbers: Crist 45%, Rubio 36%, with a ±5.7% margin of error.

The poll was commissioned by the Associated Industries of Florida. The group’s present Barney Bishop said in a statement: “These numbers support what AIF has believed for some time: this is going to be a very competitive Republican primary.”

This comes after a Rasmussen poll, which had the two tied at 43% each.

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