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Rubio Surges to 14-Point Lead in New Poll

12:51 PM, Sep 9, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Via the St. Pete Times, the Sunshine State News reports:

Republican Marco Rubio, garnering surprising strength among independent voters, holds a double-digit lead over his two chief rivals in Florida's U.S. Senate race, a new Sunshine State News Poll reports.

The survey of likely voters shows Rubio with 43 percent, independent Charlie Crist with 29 percent, Democrat Kendrick Meek with 23 percent and the remaining 5 percent undecided.

The Voter Survey Service poll surveyed 1,016 voters Sept. 1-5 and Sept. 7, and had a margin of error of 3 percent.

Rubio's lead in the RCP average of polls is 5.4 percent, and I've never heard of this particular pollster, Voter Survey Service. But the numbers aren't too far off from polls of likely voters conducted by Rasmussen and PPP, both of which showed Rubio at 40 percent. The really great news for Rubio in this poll is that Meek is gaining on Crist, and as long as Meek is viable it's going to be very difficult for Crist to win.

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