Democratic pollster: biggest winner of today’s Dem Senate primary may be Republican Rubioby George Bennett | August 24th, 2010
Democratic pollster Tom Jensen expects a Kendrick Meek win over Jeff Greene in today’s Democratic Senate primary. If so, Jensen says, “the biggest winner coming out of the primary may be Marco Rubio.”
The latest poll by Jensen’s Public Policy Polling says likely Republican Senate nominee Rubio (assuming he beats William Escoffery III and William Billy Kogut in today’s GOP primary) gets 40 percent of the general election vote, with independent Gov. Charlie Crist at 32 percent and Meek at 17 percent. If Palm Beach billionaire Greene wins the primary, Rubio holds only a 1-point lead over Crist, with Greene at 13 percent.
Crist has led some earlier polls, but PPP finds that if Meek is the nominee, many Democratic voters who might vote for Crist will instead come home to their party.
The general election poll sampled 567 likely voters over the weekend and has a 4.1 percent margin of error.
PPP on Monday released polls showing Meek leading Greene by 24 points and, in the GOP governor’s primary, Rick Scott topping Bill McCollum by 7 points.