June 10th, 2009
09:53 AM ET
14 years ago

Crist holds lead in GOP Senate primary

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/08/art.crist.gi.jpg caption="Crist holds a 31 point lead in a new Florida GOP primary poll."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just about a month after formally declaring his bid for Florida's open Senate seat, a new poll out Wednesday shows Gov. Charlie Crist is maintaining a comfortable lead over his GOP primary challenger.

Crist holds a 31 point lead over former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, 54-23 percent, in the new Quinnipiac University Poll. More than 20 percent of Republicans in Florida remain undecided.

The popular first term governor announced in May that he would forgo re-election in 2010 and instead run for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Mel Martinez, a fellow Republican. Crist immediately won the backing by the Senate Republican leadership.

The poll surveyed 486 Republicans from June 2-7 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Dawn in Pa

    Well that could make the GOP in the Senate very happy, but he also praised Obama...

    I am a Democrat and proud of it, I am loyal to the party, but if a Repulican in my state and district can do the job better, yeah I will vote for him or her. If they bring back the jobs that were lost overseas, if they can restart the steel industries, if they can restart the textile business. Then they got my vote, but if they do not, don't expect me to vote for them again.

    June 10, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Charlie may have supported the stimulus bill, but that doesn't mean I want another republican senator in Congress.

    June 10, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. carlo

    Rubio is going to get his bottom handed to him.

    June 10, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. EBC

    I'm sorry, but this is such a retarded picture of Crist. It makes him look seriously whacked. I mean the shirt is too big, his whole facial demeanor is funny as hell. Whoever posted this photo should be slapped upside their head!!!

    June 10, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Lori

    So let me get this straight. Crist, a Republican, who supported 'socialist/fascist' President Obama's 'evil' stimulus bill is being supported by the majority of Republicans in Florida. Do you hear this my fellow Dems? I guess it's o.k. to support our 'evil' President's 'pork bill' if it wins a Republican votes. That said, I like Crist for supporting our President BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

    June 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. lou

    God help us!!!!

    June 10, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Shane R.

    Why can't Obama pass a law to give people money? They can give billions and billions to all the banks and corporations. Imagine that money going to actual people... they could pay their mortgage, and buy cars, and then those banks and corporations would have the money they need. I think actually giving people money, rather than just promising to give them money will get him more votes.

    June 10, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. joe smith

    as a senator, can he deliver the goods, or will he be a yes man for organized labor, Aipac, and the rest..the American people need men who can keep their distance from the lobbying groups who will want to cash their chips every once in a while..can he put the blinders on and move forward without them..time will tell, but history, and protected bagage say no..

    June 10, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Sharon Kitchen

    You go .....Gov. Crist.....

    June 10, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Obama 2.0

    I am a true blue Independent and I will vote for this Republican because he is for real when it comes to working across the isle and getting the job done. He also has a great respect for me (the voter) and does not play games. I might even campaign for him as I did President Obama 🙂

    June 10, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Sam in Houston

    Crist for president 2012

    June 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. the rector

    All the repubs smell the blood in the water. In 2010 an R behind your name will mean easy victory in national elections after obamas first two years of pork shoveling. The voters will be desperate to stop the bleeding and will put repubs in power to gridlock washington and catch their breath. It' a foregone conclusion, and crist knows it.

    June 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. playlist

    GOP is bankrupted......maybe they need to follow their own economic advice for GM and Chrysler and LIQUIDATE....of course not....they never adhere to their own philosophy....GOP= Going Out Pathetically

    June 10, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Independent

    Marco Rubio is proving that pandering to the far right, may be good for ratings if you are a radio entertainer, but is not a winning political strategy for candidates for public office.
    Floridians want leaders who will compromise and work with the opposing party and fight for real solutions that can gain enough support to be enacted into law.
    When Repuglicans pander to the far right, they lose elections.

    June 10, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. considered a moderate Republican

    we'll see what considered a moderate Republican really means, maybe you can give it a better moniker than 'W' did

    June 10, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Carole

    Refreshing news for Floridians. Crist is not afraid to put his people's needs ahead of his political career.

    June 10, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. fideauxdon

    I certainly hope that Mr. Crist manages to win the GOP primary. This will enable both the GOP and Democratic parties to nominate candidates who are willing to identify candidates who are interested in governing the state of Florida. We can't afford to elect another Governor who is only interested in winning the office so he can use it as a springboard for his next office,

    June 10, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. GOPer

    This is the type of Centrist Republican we need in the party. Barring anything unforeseen, Obama will wrap up the 2012 election. Mr. Christ will be poised for 2016! Thus, we can send the out of touch GOPers; Newt, Palin, Cheney and Rush packing!!!

    June 10, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    As a Florida Demcrat, I am proud to have Charlie Crist as my governor and willl be even prouder to have him reperesent me in Congress

    June 10, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Greg

    For the first time in my entire life, I contributed to a political campaign, and that was for Rubino. Crist is a RINO at best, and does not deserve to represent the party!

    June 10, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  21. the southern progressive

    i am just glad i am moving from florida to new england this fall.

    June 10, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. GOP says If your a muslim your a terrorist. The End!

    Shane R.,

    Yeah, let's give the same people who defaulted on mortgages, credit card bills and loans free money and see what they do with it.

    Meanwhile, I will go ahead and put more stock in Nintendo,Sony, Best Buy, Any company that makes chrome rims, Outback Steakhouse.....well you get the picture 🙂

    June 10, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. LacrosseMom

    @ Lori....... "socialist/fascist" please do give us some examples, because I have not seen how you can label President Obama a socialist or a fascist.

    A fascist was someone like Hitler, who lied to the people of Germany about the Jewish people until the Germans bought his lies and allowed the killing of millions!

    A fascist, is more like BUSH, whose minions questioned every American who dared to disagree with the Bush Regime policies. Calling us, un-American, unPatriotic!

    I find it curious, LORI, that you and the rest of the GOPers are so quick to label, condemn and demean President Obama, during a National Crisis! You are the same people who would have been telling us, to leave the U.S. if we did not like it! Or did not support our president! But...... here you are doing far worse than anyone on the Left did!


    June 10, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Georgia

    Crist is one of the few Republicans with an IQ over 40. Its about time to sift out the chaff in the Republican party, and Crist is the best man they have!

    June 10, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. chucky1169469

    the rector June 10th, 2009 10:39 am ET

    All the repubs smell the blood in the water. In 2010 an R behind your name will mean easy victory in national elections after obamas first two years of pork shoveling. The voters will be desperate to stop the bleeding and will put repubs in power to gridlock washington and catch their breath. It' a foregone conclusion, and crist knows it.
    man you must have been in a coma for the last 8 months, repubs don't have a face, don't have a plan, don't have a voice, and don't have a clue

    June 10, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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