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New poll: Crist, Rubio in dead heat

by Dara Kam | December 16th, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist and former House Speaker Marco Rubio are in a dead heat in the GOP race for the U.S. Senate, according to a poll released this morning.

The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found Crist and Rubio in a 43-43 percent tie among likely Republican primary voters.

Crist’s lead over Rubio dropped 10 percent in the same poll since August. And the governor’s popularity is at an all-time low, with just 19 percent of respondents having a “very favorable” opinion of him.

Earlier this year, Rubio, the first Cuban-American House Speaker, was considered a long-shot in the race.

But conservative support – including the endorsement of The Club for Growth and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina – has rallied Rubio’s campaign and drawn national attention to the Florida primary, viewed as a test of the rising “Tea Party” movement and characterizing the fight for the control of the party between moderates and conservatives.

Crist and other GOP leaders have angered Republican conservative base voters who typically show up at the polls to vote in primaries.

This summer, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer – hand-picked by Crist – snubbed Rubio by endorsing Crist and discouraging primaries that he said weaken the party’s ability to win in the general election.

Crist alienated conservatives by applauding President Barack Obama’s stimulus package symbolized by the now-infamous “man-hug” with the Democratic president.

And he raised eyebrows in August when he appointed his longtime advisor and right-hand-man George LeMieux to replace U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, who retired before his term ended.

The winner of next year’s primary is likely to face off against Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is gathering petition signatures to get onto the ballot.

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13 Responses to “New poll: Crist, Rubio in dead heat”

  1. AmericanMike Says:

    Crist is a Rino, not a true conservative. He is soft on illegal immigration. Rubio, a cuban, has come out against amnesty and the idea of ignoring Federal immigration laws. I’m in A. Hastings 23 district here in florida and I’ll be voting for a past Haitian senator, who is running against Hastings and a Cuban, Rubio, to find relief for our mass immigration nightmare. Who would have guessed?

  2. alice Says:

    RUN MARCO RUN WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER. Crist is nothing more than a liberal socialist empty suit with a tan.

  3. Senate Race Says:

    Florida’s Senate Race

    Here we are at the talk of the nation today. This is the race to watch. While we have many contenders the favored horse is Charlie the Crist who has several major winnings to his credit. Then also a lot of folks are putting their money on a well tested and highly performing young stud by the name of Marco the Rubio.

    And the race is on, man this is going to be a hard race to call right from the get go……………..
    Chewing gum is sticking to the rail………………………………. Cabbage is leading by a head……….
    Oh here comes Charlie the Crist easing up on Cabbage…….. He’s coming around the Cabbage.. He’s
    In the lead. Whoops, here comes Marco the Rubio, in third place right behind Cabbage…….. He’s trying
    to pass on the rail side, chewing gum still sticking to the rail in fourth place. Marco the Rubio passes
    the cabbage and now its Charlie the Crist in the lead with Marco the Rubio gaining fast………………….
    Whoops, Charlie the Crist is struggling, he’s looking back at the jockey, he’s losing his gain, it looks like
    The jockey may have lost his jock strap, Marco the Rubio is gaining, whoops it looks like Charlie the Crist,
    Oh No! Charlie the Crist has stumbled and fell, its Marco the Rubio out and ahead, its Marco the Rubio
    To the finish line, Cabbage in second place six lengths behind. Quick, get us some coverage about what
    Happened to the Charlie the Crist…….. The official report is: Charlie the Crist, an old show horse;
    Started, Farted, Fumbled and Fell. Folks, thanks for coming, this has been a hell of a race! Thanks!

  4. M Says:

    I like Christ and I think he has generally done a good job as governor. It would be good to have him as a senator, but just as good to have him for another term as Governor so I won’t be completely disappointed if he looses the race for senator, providing he does stay another term as governor…

  5. Laz Says:

    There’s another post on here about Crist’s marriage sham possibly coming apart. I’m a Republican and I’m fine with Crist being gay just as I was fine with Mark Foley. But Crist is an empty suit who is trying to create a political legacy with smoke and mirrors that will eventually bankrupt this state. In a few years we’ll be another California.

    - He’s taking credit for advancing public transporation. Problem is he’s doing it through the SunRail fraud.

    - He’s claiming to be a champion of the environment. Problem is his claiam to fame is based on the U.S. Sugar buyout, from which he is now walking away to let others clean up the financial mess it’s going to create.

    And he’s selling-out to the Seminole Tribe with a gaming compact that’s going to destroy tourism in many areas of the state. Of course he’s collecting vast amounts of campaign money from the Tribe and Las Vegas interests who are going to make a killing.

    After considering all of this, one can come only to the conclusion that we’ve got a white, gay Obama as a Governor.

  6. Brain Dead Bloggers Says:

    You people must be on something you can not be this stupid. “M Says” is stupid enough to think if Crist (He Is Not Christ) loses the Senate race he will still be the Governor of Florida. No Idiot he is not in the 2010 running for Governor of Florida. If this sick fag loses the senate race he is out in the cold, period. And, “Laz Says” he or “It” does not have a problem with Crist and Foley being sick fags recruiting young males for their pleasure. Then there is the mention of Crist having problems with his beard. Maybe the beard is smart enough to see all this falling apart and now realizes it will never be the first Morphodite of the US. While the rest of your asumptions seem reasonable, how in the hell can you simply discard the sickness and human destruction caused by these sick bastards? Just wondering.

  7. Crist must go! Says:

    Crist has done NOTHING for the unemployed middle class of Florida during this economic dowturn… he’s been too busy attending high society events, and flashing his smile… wake up voters and look beyond that smile and his occasionally clever rhetoric, and you’ll see someoine who has been too wrapped in getting to DC instead of helping the people of the State he governs…

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  9. Laz Says:

    Brain Dead Bloggers, get a life and one that includes remedial writing courses.

    You are looking to pick fights with demons that are not there. I said I was fine with Foley being gay. I did not say I was fine with his behavior that was exposed.

    Finally, your actions are typical of someone attempting to fight latent mo tendencies.

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  13. Bill Says:

    I know Charlie Crist personally. Charlie isn’t a “bad sort of guy.” Unfortunately is has beed the receiver of TARP money from Obama’s stimilus package, he has put himself on the side of liberal progressives, and has not come out on the side of middle working class citizens.

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