(CNN) - It was the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida that received frontrunner treatment at a debate Wednesday night.
Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio was attacked by the two other candidates running for Senate, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Crist tried to differentiate himself from Rubio who has received support from members of the Tea Party movement.
"It's abundantly clear that there's an extreme right faction in the Republican Party," Crist said. "I'm the only candidate that can both win in November and crash that tea party in Washington."
Meek also said Rubio's platform shows he has a "right wing ideology."
"You want to take us back to Dick Cheney days," Meek said.
Rubio responded to the attacks and tried to draw similarities between his opponents.
"If you like Obamacare, if you like the stimulus plan, you can vote for Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek. I'm probably not your candidate," Rubio said.
In the latest CNN/Time/Opinion Research survey Marco Rubio led among likely voters with 42 percent. Thirty one percent supported Crist and 23 percent said they would support Meek. The survey's sampling error was 2.5 percentage points.