Okaloosa straw poll goes for Rubio, McCollum, Putnam
Chalk up another straw poll victory for Marco Rubio. He garnered 86 votes to Gov. Charlie Crist's 4 votes during a straw poll today hosted by the Okaloosa Republican Exec Committee.
The straw poll, open to the public with a $20 admission fee, is the latest straw poll to lean heavily in Rubio's favor -- though it won't be clear until election day whether the small voting exercises (typically attended by the more conservative party faction) translate into a win for Rubio in the U.S. Senate Republican primary.
The poll also favored AG Bill McCollum over new opponent Sen. Paula Dockery, and gave Rep. Pat Patterson a win over Senate President and mega fundraiser Jeff Atwater. We hear Patterson attended the straw poll event and spoke to the group.
Here's the full tally:
Crist 4, Rubio 86
McCollum 64, Dockery 5
Kottkamp 31, Benson 15
Patterson 37, Atwater 32
Putnam 64, Baker 6