August 19th, 2010
08:37 AM ET
8 years ago

Crist maintains lead in Florida

 Crist is ahead in Florida.

Crist is ahead in Florida.

(CNN) – A new poll in Florida suggests Gov. Charlie Crist is maintaining his lead over Republican Marco Rubio and either Democratic candidate in the battle for that state’s Senate seat less than three months before Election Day.

The Quinnipiac University survey shows Crist, who is running as an independent, leading Rubio by a 39-32 percent margin. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is currently in a primary contest with businessman Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination, registers 16 percent in the poll.

If Greene should prevail in the Democratic primary, he wins 15 percent of support in a general election matchup with Crist at 40 percent and Rubio at 32 percent, the poll shows.

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In a matchup against Rubio and Meek, Crist wins support from 45 percent of Democrats, 9 points more than Meek, and 50 percent of the independent voters. Facing Greene, Crist wins 51 percent of the Democratic vote - while Greene gets just 31 percent - and 48 percent of independent voters.

In the governor’s race, Democrat Alex Sink, the state’s chief financial officer who does not have a primary challenge, narrowly leads both Republican Attorney Gen. Bill McCollum by a 31-29 percent margin and businessman Rick Scott by a 33-29 percent margin. In both matchups, independent candidate Bud Chiles is the choice of 12 percent and 20 percent remain undecided.

Republicans McCollum and Scott are currently in a heated primary battle for the GOP nomination.

The poll was conducted on August 11-16 and surveyed 1,096 likely Florida voters. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Jeff Greene • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Jim from Tampa

    at least Rubio and Meek stick to their principles, no one in Florida can stand Crist anymore. His beliefs change whenever the wind blows. He went from trying to convince Republicans he's a staunch right-wing conservative to having phone calls with Harry Reid and his "future" with the Democratic Caucus. He went from being pro-choice to pro-life to "i dunno". Florida is better off without crooked opportunist politicians. ANYBODY BUT LIAR CRIST

    August 19, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. GL

    Good I rooting for you Crist and I am a Democrat. You are the best.

    August 19, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Crist will win because the odds are in his favor. As long as RUBIO gets beat, it does not matter!!

    August 19, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    Right on Charlie! We've got your back. I must admit I didn't vote for you when you were running for governor and backed Amendment 1, but the truth is you were just doing what your neocon base demanded you do. When they threw you under the bus for not lopping off President Obama's hand when he reached across the aisle offering help to pull our state out of a rethugliban-created economic catastrophe, we Floridians realized that the problem wasn't you, it was them.

    August 19, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. greg in jax

    As a florida progressive i will be voting against rubio, his ideas and those that have endorsed him so therefore i will be helping charlie crist become the next great senator for all the citizens of florida. rubio will fail.

    August 19, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. ED FL

    The Miami dade political cadidates are still trying to figure out how they can cover up the money Rubio took and used for personal favors and projects for his family and himself that were not GOP related expenses, thousands of dollars on credit card charges and a house in foreclosure show the kind of deeds that Rubio likes to keep quiet . This procedure is a common event with Miami Dade politicians. They have a way to get the votes of legit and illigit folks ,especially older seniors who will do anything to keep their benefits flowing by hook or crook. Crist as an independent will get so many Democrat votes in all of Florida. Rubio will hardly get any votes outside of Dade county. The Panhandle will not vote for the Arizona illegals to leave, 75 % of Miami Dade could fit that programand that would wipe out The GOP in south Florida. That is one of RUBIOS PLATFORMS,He may be illegal.

    August 19, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    Times must really be tough (thanks, GWB). I'm actually happy about a moderate Republican leading in a senate race. Crist may not be progressive, but he's a lot less nauseating than Rubio. And, he's running as an independent. Anybody (well, almost anybody) who can win a senate seat without backing from either party is okay with me.

    August 19, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  8. w l jones

    One look at Mr. Christ shows he is the man for Florida. Howly intelligent and very thoughtul is what we need at this time and age for our country.

    August 19, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Tim - Wilmington, DE

    Go get 'em, Charlie. Even if he caucuses with the Republicans (which I can't imagine him doing at this point), he'll still be far better than the current crop of braindead obstructionists we have now.

    August 19, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  10. No Incumbents

    Crist will win in a landslide. Thanks to the GOP circular firing squad for giving away this Senate seat to someone who will now be a vote for Harry Reid. Thanks GOP.

    August 19, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  11. doug

    Marco Rubio, like Clarence Thomas are great examples of what makes America special. Hard working, honest, decent people who fight for what is right and are not effected by left wing racism that is directed at any and all minorities who dare not toe the Democrat party line. They got where they are because of who they are, not selling their soul to the socialist devil.

    August 19, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Willy Brown

    Future democrat Crist

    August 19, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. blue

    We need good ole Charlie in Washington. He knows how to work together to get things done.

    August 19, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Given the "Q" poll's track record lately, if I was Crist, I would get some more adverts out and keep in the public eye, especially to point out any problems his opponent have. The Q poll predicted numerous victories that either missed the mark completely, or had the winners, but by vastly reduced leads making the votes squeakers instead of cruises!

    That being said, I want to say "GO CHARLIE!" If he does win, will both the Democrats and Republicans court him for their caucus? Or will the Republicans shun him because he ran against their darling, Rubio?

    August 19, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Marge

    I am a democrat but I hope that Crist snows Rubio under in such a landslide he is never heard from again. And please Good Lord let him take the last POS of political crap in Florida Jebbie "little boy" Bush with him. We have had enough of the Bushes to last a couple of centuries. Starting with Prescott Bush who tried to get Smedley Butler to overthrow the government of FDR, and then in spite funded the Nazis until his bank was taken away, on down the line to really cowboy prancing little Georgie.

    August 19, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. terry,va

    Message to Florida.....if you want a Obummie dumbocrap in the senate vote for Crist. That is what you will get if he gets into the senate.

    August 19, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. vic

    I am happy Charlie Crist is leading .
    I don’t trust Rasmussen polls they fix the polls in favor of GOP candidate and FOX news

    August 19, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Adalbert

    He is the best choise for Florida. There is no question about it.

    August 19, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. Sue

    I'm a liberal democrat and I hope Crist bets the pants off of Rubio and all the Republicans can eat dirt.........

    August 19, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. AEK

    Back in the day, you know when I was still a Republican, this is the type of politician I voted for. Sadly, with the latest right wing purge being instigated by the likes of the new leaders, Limbaugh, Beck, and Palin, I'm guessing Charlie and I probably won't be the last to leave.

    Go, Charlie, Go!!!!

    August 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    Good for Charlie!

    August 19, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. zoi - lakeland fl

    RASMUSSEN and MASON-DIXON polls have Rubio 38 v Crist 33, so it just depends on whom you ask.

    August 19, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  23. aunt Bea and Opie

    Rubio is just looking to become the next leader of Cuba and opening the first Casino there in fifty years,hahaha

    August 19, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  24. tom70001

    Jeb Bush endorses Rubio, Remember when Jeb invested 700 million Florida tax payers and Florida teacher retirement money in Enron and Leyman Bros ? Then got a 4,000.00 dollar a day job with Enron...and Florida got shafted out of the money...Rubio’s plan of privatizing social security is wall streets method to get their hands on the social security money, and the republicans pay back to their masters!

    August 19, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Zyxoid

    Could the Repubs have made a bigger mistake in supporting Rubio and snubbing and attacking Crist? I don't think so.

    August 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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