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Poll: Florida Republicans want Marco Rubio to run again

Nearly half of Florida voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, say Marco Rubio should run for another Senate term, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.

Rubio has said he will not but has been less than emphatic as Washington allies try to get him to reconsider.

“If he decides to do so, he would clearly be the strongest candidate, as none of the current contenders appears to have caught fire with state voters,” reads a polling memo. “In both the Democratic and Republican primary races over 40% of voters are undecided and on the GOP side voters are splitting amongst four leading candidates and none of them has support that tops 20%.”

Patrick Murphy has the edge in the Democratic primary, taking 31 percent to Alan Grayson’s 23 percent. Pam Keith draws 3 percent, and 43 percent are undecided.

Carlos Beruff, who has advertised heavily, has a lead in the GOP primary with 17% of GOP voters. David Jolly gets 13%; Ron DeSantis 10%; Carlos Lopez-Cantera 9%; Todd Wilcox 2%; 49% are undecided.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from May 31 through June 2, 2016. A total of 625 registered Florida voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All indicated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

[Last modified: Monday, June 6, 2016 10:53am]


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