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Poll: Charlie Crist trounces Bill Nelson among Dems



When Republicans leak an internal poll showing Charlie Crist easily beating Bill Nelson in a Democratic primary, it's safe to assume they hope to do all they can to discourage the already cautious Nelson from jumping into the governor's race.

Marc Caputo reports:

Despite being a former Republican, Charlie Crist's standing in his new party is so strong that he could wallop longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by 13 percentage points in a theoretical primary for governor, a new poll shows.

The survey, conducted by Republican Gov. Rick Scott's pollster, also indicates Crist is still formidable in a general election and leads the incumbent by 4 percentage points among likely voters.

Scott fares better against Nelson, who has a mere 2-point lead over the Republican in a general election matchup, according to the poll of 1,000 likely voters conducted last month by Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates.

The survey, which deeply undercuts the talking points of some Nelson backers who say he's a better candidate than Crist, is among the first to match up the two in a Democratic primary.

The results: Crist beats Nelson 45-32 percent among the 380 registered Democrats polled. Former state Sen. Nan Rich receives 4 percent. Nineteen percent remain undecided.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:11pm]


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