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Poll: Crist is vulnerable, even as he's trouncing Rubio



Cristshirt So says the Club for Growth after commissioning a June 13-14 poll of likely Republican voters (MoE +/- 4.38 percent). Similar to the Sachs/Mason-Dixon findings released this week, Charlie Crist was leading Marco Rubio 51 to 21. But add extra information to the equation (like Crist supported the stimulus package and Rubio is a rising star pal of Jeb Bush) and the numbers tighten significantly. Of course, that begs the 10 media market question of whether Rubio will have the resources to get such information out to Florida voters.

Concludes the pollster: Charlie Crist begins the Florida GOP primary in a borderline position, not in the overwhelmingly strong position that many commentators suggest.  If Marco Rubio has the resources to get a positive message out about his background, record, and priorities, the race will likely become very competitive.  Florida primary voters are strongly conservative and heavily against more spending and debt from Washington.  Crist’s record of support for the Obama stimulus, for tax increases, for government health care, and for “cap and trade” all make it harder for him to prevail.

Read the full polling memo here

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:49pm]


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