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Poll Shows Crist, Running as Indy, Trailing by 5 Points in 3-Way Race

PLUS: Crist trails Rubio by double-digits in GOP primary.

3:47 PM, Feb 1, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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The big news today in the Florida Senate race is the latest Rasmussen poll, which shows Marco Rubio leading Charlie Crist 49% to 37% in the GOP primary. In the general election, Rubio and Crist lead Democrat Kendrick Meek by 17 and 15 points, respectively.

Poll Shows Crist, Running as Indy, Trailing by 5 Points in 3-Way Race

Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

Another very interesting poll in Florida, conducted by Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, shows Rubio leading Crist by 14 points in the primary. The poll also tests Crist, running as an independent, in a 3-way race against Rubio and Meek. Although the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza writes that running as an independent is Crist's "best path to victory," the poll shows Crist still losing by 5 points: "Rubio takes 31 percent to 26 percent for Crist and 24 percent for Meek." 

The Crist campaign has denied that the governor would run as an independent or a Democrat. If he were running away in a three-way race, that might lead Crist to reconsider, but running as an independent appears to be an uphill battle.

Crist might be better off, as I wrote last week, saving his war chest for a 2012 run against Democratic senator Bill Nelson.

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