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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Mel mighty vulnerable, Crist a little



More from that Hamilton Beattie poll below:

"U.S. Senator Mel Martinez appears to be facing an uphill battle for re-election, with only 44 percent of voters saying they will vote to re-elect the Republican Senator and 40 percent supporting a generic Democratic candidate, with 16 percent undecided. Governor Charlie Crist maintains a stronger (but by no means safe) lead in a bid for re-election, receiving 52 percent of the vote over 34 percent for a generic Democratic candidate, with 14 percent undecided."

"The trend of close elections between well-funded candidates looks to continue in 2010, with real competition for the U.S. Senate seat and with a governor who is personally popular, but who barely receives a majority of the vote against an unnamed candidate," said polster David Beattie. Beattie said he conducted the poll for public release rather than any client (he doesn't have a statewide client this year and wants to have Florida benchmarks to compare with past cycles), but remember his clients include Alex Sink and Bill Nelson.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:38pm]


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