Quinnipiac Poll: Crist Only Down 7 In FL-SEN Race

A new Quinnipiac poll of the Florida Senate race suggests independent Gov. Charlie Crist is not trailing Republican nominee Marco Rubio by as much as other recent polls would have you believe.

The three-way matchup finds Crist down seven points to Rubio, 42%-35%, with Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek polling at 15%. When Quinnipiac last polled this contest on October 10, the Governor was down a more significant 14 points, 44%-30%, with Meek earning 22%.The latest survey’s seven-point margin follows an October 21 Zogby telephone poll that found the contest at 39.6%-33.3%-18.1%, favoring Rubio. Prior to these two surveys, recent polls almost always found Crist trailing by double-digits.

The TPM Poll Average suggests Crist still has a lot of ground to make up–Rubio leads with 44.3% versus the Governor’s 30.7% and Meek’s 19.3%.

For more on the race, check out TPMDC’s full coverage here.