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Poll: Rubio building lead as Meek closes in on Crist

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With a little over a month remaining before the Nov. 2 election, the three-way race for U.S. Senate is turning into a two-man race – for second place.

A statewide poll released Saturday night shows Republican Marco Rubio building on his lead over independent challenger Charlie Crist, while Democrat Kendrick Meek appears to be closing in on Crist in the closely-watched contest.

Rubio is favored by 40 percent of likely voters, up from 38 percent last month; Crist’s support has dwindled to 28 percent from 33 percent, according to the Mason-Dixon Research & Associates survey of 625 likely Florida voters. The margin of error is plus/minus 4 percentage points.

The poll found that Meek is gaining on Crist, with his support rising sharply to 23 percent of likely voters, up from 18 percent. Nine percent are undecided. Story here, and poll info here.

-- Sergio R. Bustos, Miami Herald

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:31pm]

    

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