A new poll shows the drama is increasing in the Florida senate race. Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, the conservative Republican who’s been gaining traction among the state’s GOP base, has moved within 15 points of Gov. Charlie Crist in the Republican primary. Crist leads the race 50-35 in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, half of his margin over Rubio from the last Q poll.
But though Rubio may be connecting with Republicans, the poll shows independents and moderate Democrats are not sold. In a potential matchup against the likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kendrick Meek, Rubio trails 36-33. Crist continues to dominate against Meek, leading that potential race 51-31.