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Okaloosa straw poll goes for Rubio, McCollum, Putnam

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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

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:04pm]

    

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