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The Apatow Style in American Politics

Plus: Crist down big to Rubio in Florida.

10:31 AM, Mar 9, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Yesterday, it was naked shower confrontations between Congressmen.

Today, the back-wax debate?

We are living in a Judd Apatow movie.

Charlie Crist may know something I don't. Perhaps implying that Rubio a) has back hair and b) has it professionally waxed is the path to voters' hearts, but he better hope it works in a big way:

Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives. Crist has a 49-36 advantage with party moderates, but they account for just 31% of likely primary voters compared to 65% who describe themselves as conservative.

Rubio is benefiting from a widely held sentiment among Florida GOP voters that Congressional Republicans are too liberal and that Crist would add to the problem. 41% of them think that the party leadership in Washington is too liberal, and with those folks Rubio holds an 83-10 lead. 50% think that Crist himself is too liberal and with those voters Rubio's advantage expands even wider to 90-5.

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