October 13th, 2010
03:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Another endorsement for Crist, but new poll shows he may need it

(CNN) - Independent Florida Senate candidate Charlie Crist scored an endorsement from a big Democratic name on Wednesday, as a new poll shows he needs all the help he can get.

Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, has thrown his family name behind Crist, who until earlier this year held elected office as a Republican.

On Tuesday, the out-going Republican governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, posted his endorsement of Crist on Twitter.

"Our country needs someone like him in DC right now," he wrote.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, a prospective GOP presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, joined Crist's Republican challenger Marco Rubio on the campaign trail.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday indicates Rubio has stayed in control of the race over the last two weeks. Rubio holds a 44 to 30 point lead over Crist among likely voters, with the Democratic candidate, Rep. Kendrick Meek trailing behind at 22 points.

The same poll taken two weeks prior had Rubio leading Crist 46 to 33 points, with Meek at 18 percent.

Wednesday's poll was conducted by phone with 1,055 likely Florida voters from Oct. 6-10. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

Filed under: 2010 • Bobby Jindal • Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Susan

    I can't believe that of all the things that were discussed at the debate between Whitman and Brown, CNN thinks that the thing to have a headline about is the "whore" comment. Unbelievable. Does CNN have no shame in what they (you) report? Time and time again I see that CNN is catering to the concerns about words and innuendo rather than substance.

    October 13, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Vote for freedom and economic recovery - vote R

    The Democrats said that they would try to splinter the Republican vote by either placing placing a candidate in the Constitutional or Libertarian slots or supporting those slots in order to 'steal' 5 – 7% for potential republican votes. Most people that vote for these parties are conservative and wouldn't vote democratic anyway.

    I think its corrupt, but that's how the democrats run. Their policies have been a disaster, so why not attack their opponents or find a way to steal votes.

    October 13, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Charles W. Skinner

    I love Arnold Schwarzenegger to death, but the nation has to realize that he's NOT a Republican, even though he runs as one, and does for the most part believe in free enterprise. He's a Centerist, and he ALWAYS has been a Centerist. If you want to call him a Republican, then he's a RINO (Republican In Name Only). He does NOT believe in many of the Social aspects that the Republican party platform contains, nor is he firm on the fiscal planks of the Republican or Conservative platform. If he was, California wouldn't have the budget problem it now has.

    October 13, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. zkacala

    it is lately difficult to post any negative comment about current administration cnn is trying to create illusion that many support what is going on in WH

    October 13, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Raul Dj

    WHy wont he debate Libertarian Party candidate Alex Snitker? Alex is not a career politician, so if Crist is so sure of himself why wont he debate him? What is he afraid of?

    October 13, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Eric in Denver

    Great news for Crist maybe next he can get an endorsement from Pelosi and Obama and the rest of the socialist nutjobs.

    October 13, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Democrats will unite behind Crist.

    October 13, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Florida Karl Rove again in political game fixing the election

    Robert F. Kennedy democrat endorse Charlie Crist, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger endorse Charlie Crist people cross the party line and endorse him popular governor Charlie Crist

    Florida vote for Charlie Crist please

    October 13, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    Crist is the least bad of 3 bad options. Good luck, Florida, you're gonna need it!

    October 13, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Meek really needs to drop out and endorse Crist – that would be the only way WE will win!!!! I don't see Meek carrying this on to the end – I really don't. If he does, that would be heartbreaking for his supporters!! His supporters want to WIN!! If Crist drop out now, MOST of his supporters will go to Rubio, not Meek (sorry)!!

    If Meek was on top of Crist – then Crist should DROP OUT!!! But he's not and I commend him for his effort but it really looks BLEAK for MEEK!!!

    DEMOCRATS in FL – I really don't know what to tell you – YOU are caught between a rock and a hard place and cannot make a move until Meek makes his decision!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 13, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    Anyone but that corrupt slimeball Rubio. Putting him in office would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool, or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruise ship. The GOBPbaggers, drunk on their cultish devotion to failed ideas like tax cuts for the ultrarich, deregulation and global (unfair) trade have nothing to offer Main St. America except fear, lies and propaganda. If you liked the ditch they drove America into last time, you'll love the canyon they're aiming for now.

    October 13, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. David

    The folks voting for Crist probably includes a significant portion of Democrats. Meeks does not appear to have any chance at all at winning. Crist is the candidate who would better serve all of us, Democrats and Republicans alike. It would be better for the health of the nation if Meeks stepped out of the race and endorsed Crist. Of course, politics and pride would prevent this from ever happening.

    October 13, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. FL Dem

    Meek should drop out. At this point, his defeat is all but guaranteed. He's never polled above 25%.

    President Obama, President Clinton, and the other heavy hitters in the Democratic Party need to rally behind Governor Crist, both on the trail, and financially. He's the only silver bullet in this race that can ensure a Rubio loss.

    October 13, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. S. in California

    This is what you get when you take up with McCain. Enough said.

    October 13, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. colinsux

    it's crazy how all of these people NOT from florida can influence a florida election.

    October 13, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Orlando Patriot

    THAT'S the best thing Crist can do? You would think a backstabbing liberal like Charlie Crist could get a bigger Democrat name to endorse Crist. How about Joe Biden? Or is this the week Obama puts Biden back into a cave so he doesn't say anything stupid? How about Obama himself? Oh, that's right – an endorsement of Obama is the "kiss of death". How about Bill "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" Clinton? Why isn't HE endorsing Crist? That would be so fitting seeing that Charlie Crist would sell his mother for a vote and sell his children if a poll told him to do so.

    Us Conservative Floridians NEVER liked Charlie Crist because we could read right through him. He is a liberal through and through and would sell his mother if it would help him get elected. Charlie Crist was AGAINST offshore drilling, then running for the primary was FOR offshore drilling, and now since he is a liberal again is now AGAINST offshore drilling!! He makes John Kerry (who said "I voted FOR the wartime funding before I voted AGAINST it) look like an amateur when it comes to flip flopping!!

    October 13, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    Robert F Kennedy is a big name. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, is not!

    October 13, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Steve (the real one)

    Claudia, Houston, Tx
    Democrats will unite behind Crist.
    To the exclusion of Meeks? No! no! Meeks and Crist will cancel each other out and that will pave the way for Rubio!

    October 13, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |