Quinnipiac Poll: Crist Still Ahead In FL-SEN Race

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August 19, 2010 5:27 a.m.
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The new Quinnipiac poll of the Florida Senate race shows independent Gov. Charlie Crist continuing to lead Republican Marco Rubio — and the ex-GOPer Crist is picking up more Democratic voters than the actual Dem candidates.

The poll has Crist leading Rubio by 39%-32%, with Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek far behind at 16%. With businessman Jeff Greene as the Dem nominee, Crist leads Rubio Greene by 40%-32%-15%. The survey of registered voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Quinnipiac poll from three weeks ago, Crist led Rubio and Meek by 39%-33%-13%, and he led Rubio and Greene by 37%-32%-17%.

From the pollster’s analysis: “Crist is getting more support from Democrats than either Greene or Meek. The key for Crist will be whether he can hold this many Democrats once the party’s nomination is settled and keep his half of the independent voters.”

The TPM Poll Average has Crist leading Rubio and Meek by 36.0%-33.8%-16.8%, and Crist leading Rubio and Greene by 38.0%-33.9%-15.9%.

The Florida primary is August 24.

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