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

Crist maintains lead in Florida

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(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. A True Centrist

    Funny...the prior 2 polls that came out this week (Mason-Dixon and Rasmussen) have Rubio up, but this is the only poll shown by cnn. Coincidence? It just goes to show the left leaning bias of cnn.

    I am pulling for Crist and I hope this poll is the most accurate, but the reporting (as usual) is one-sided to say the least.

    August 19, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. Buster

    Somebody needs to check their polls. Yesterday Rubio was 7 points ahead and was on the upswing. I hope Florida would not elect a nobummer wanna be like crist.

    August 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Clwyd

    Go charlie! Rubio seems to be a nut case. Did he have his house foreclosed? Even if he didn't, would such a man running a state be the kid you'd want if he can't run his own financial affairs!

    August 19, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Donald

    Oh i love it, lol. Spend it cons. Rubio is toasted.

    August 19, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. hypocricnnation

    Where's That Republican Candidate Superstar Marco Rubio (Old Saggy Boobio!)? Who Had So Much To Say Earlier In The Year, But Has Been A Bit Silent Till Recent. Maybe He Was (Allegedly) At The Spa Again On The Floridians Tax Payers Dime (Allegedly) Getting His Nails Buffed And His Hair (Brillo Pad) Did (...Allegedly).

    August 19, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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