Skip to comments.2010 Florida GOP Senate Primary: Crist 43%, Rubio 43%
Posted on 12/15/2009 3:33:14 PM PST by Steelfish
Election 2010: Florida GOP Senate Primary 2010 Florida GOP Senate Primary: Crist 43%, Rubio 43%
Tuesday, December 15
Governor Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio are now tied in the 2010 race for the Republican Senate nomination in Florida.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely GOP Primary voters finds Crist and Rubio each with 43% of the vote. Five percent (5%) prefer another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided.
Crists support has fallen from 53% in August to 49% in October. Rasmussen Reports noted at the time, The fact that Crist has fallen below 50% in a primary against a lesser known opponent suggests potential vulnerability.
Rubios name recognition has grown in recent months and he is now viewed Very Favorably by 34% of Likely Primary Voters. Thats up from 18% in August. As his name recognition increased, Rubios support in the polls has jumped from 31% in August to 43% today.
Crist, well known throughout the state, has seen his ratings go in the opposite direction. Just 19% now have a Very Favorable opinion of him, a figure that represents a double digit decline since August.
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who can seriously vote for Crist? no more RINOs please.
holy COW. That is amazing. I was excited about Rubio the second I heard him. This is remarkable. Crist really needs to just step aside and wait to run the next time around against Nelson, or actually focus on his job for a few years, and then run for a seat.
AWESOME NEWS. GO RUBIO GO!!
Crist is toast. He is up to his neck in the $1.2 billion Scott Rothstein ponzi scheme. He may have appointed judges based on Rothstein’s suggestions.
Tied where? Nobody has called me. Everybody I know wants Rubio.
The years go by so fast. Not too early to be thinking about 2012. Who might they get to take on Nelson? If it is a Republican year he definitely can go down. If the play it right and gain at least 4 seats next year then in ‘12 they should be able to knock off not only Nelson but also Webb, Tester, McCaskill and hopefully more of the dreadful class of 2006.
There’s a small chance Jeb will run for Nelson’s seat in 2012.
When does Crist decide to switch parties (like Specter)?
As Obama looks worse, the Bushes will improve and Jeb should come back into focus for a landslide.
I would like to see Jeb run.
When I was talking about Nelson being defeated I originally meant Bill. But depending on how things go they really should try to dump Ben too.
Wow,last i heard Rubio was down 20 points. This is great news. Charlie is a lousy canidate and a RINO!
I was thinking the same thing. The father we get away from his brother's presidency, the higher W's approval rating get, and the less damage he does to Jeb. Just last week, W polled just 5-7 points below Obama. '12 might seem like a lifetime away from '08, making it easier for Jeb to run, FWIW.
At least Crist’s numbers are headed in the right direction. America can’t afford anymore “Republicans” like Crist - he’s part of what got us where we are today.
Hold the RINOS, bring on the conservatives.
Connie Mack 4 might challenge Nelson in 2012. Jeb is probably looking at the White House in 2012 or 2016.
The Bush (GW) and Karl Rove are why we have Obama NOW!
NO MORE BUSHES
Rubio is making a lot of hay out of Jeb’s endorsement.
I was thinking the same thing...thank you!
Go Rubio. Yes he can!!!!
Rubio is the roadmap on how to beat RINOs. Be conservative in your core beliefs, govern as a conservative, campaign as a conservative, succeed as a conservative.
Sadly, the Republican party will continue to push Crist and others like him until the party goes the way of the dinosaurs and the Edsel.
I can’t envision Jeb running for the White House. I’ve always pegged him as being more of a cabinet appointment than the chief executive. But anything can happen.
Somebody here doesn’t know Jeb’s merits.
I swear we need to clean out that party just as we need to clean out Free Republic. I would much rather have a foreign poster who is a conservative in Asia or Europe take the place of an American RINO chased away from this forum, than to have such RINOS continue here and naysay and drive wedges.
We must unite as CONSERVATIVES first, maybe Republicans secondly.
Jeb? Jeb who?
Why, the former governor who happens to be wildly popular in the state he’s the former governor of.
Agreed! He should get out of the way of the conservative, traditionalist juggernaut rolling across the land.
Agree. Jeff B can run for Florida Senate but please no more Bushes in WH.
They both ruined the Reagan Legacy by trying to create distance from him- “compassionate conservatism” remember? We need solid social and fiscal conservatives- nothing less.
Any bets on when Crist announces that FL is in trouble in spite of his awesome gubernatorial skills and that he is ending his Senate bid and running for reelection?
Don't quit my fellow conservatives - don't settle for RINO’s just because you think they have the best shot at winning.
We're waiting for you, JD Hayworth. McCain must go next.
I am quite aware of Jeb’s merits. Was a good governor.
However, I’ve had all the Bush’s I can stand.
Wouldn’t put it past the Orange Menace. If he does, Bill McCollum should NOT withdraw from the race and forcefully condemn his race-shopping opportunism. Crist needs to be run out of the state on a rail, he is an embarrassment and a fraud.
Daily Kos did a poll that showed Crist might win the Senate seat as an independent.
I hope not, he might win the gubernatorial race.
Possible outcomes in order of how favorable they are
1)Crist, defeated and living in in Key West
2)Crist goes missing in Aruba
3)Crist in the Senate
4)Crist is eaten by a giant whale
5)Crist stays Governor
My vote is going to Rubio for Senator.
Doesn’t seem likely unless the Dems endorse him. An anti-Zero Conservative Republican vs. two pro-Zero suckups, the outcome seems self-evident.
Crist is eaten by Moby Dick or eats Moby Dick ?
Why would you prefer Crist to become a U.S. Senator than to be eaten by a giant whale? Especially if it leads him to repent of his sins, like Jonah did. Heck, that’s my number-one choice: Crist swallowed by a blue whale.
Which reminds me:
“Sad news out of Michigan today, as former President Gerald Ford was eaten by a pack of wolves. He was delicious.”
Interesting tidbit..here in Tampa, I have yet to see ONE Crist bumper sticker..there are plenty of Marco ones..
I also hope that McCollum stays in the race against Crist and whips him soundly. But McCollum may decide against taking on Crist and run for AG again, or maybe for his old House seat against that loon Grayson (who would be easy pickings for a first-tier candidate, who, alas, is yet to appear), or maybe hed jump into the Senate race against Rubio with Crists endorsement and support but without his negatives (although the last time that McCollum ran against a Jeb-Bush-supported Cuban-American in a GOP primary it didnt go so well for him). Connie Mack IV may also be willing to take on Rubio. So Crist dropping out is not risk-free for conservatives.
But Crist dropping out would send shockwaves throughout Democrat circles in FL, since every Democrat there chose to run for office based on the assumption that it was a certainty that Crist would win the GOP Senate nomination. Congressman Allen Boyd (FL-02), who not only could be vulnerable in the general in his GOP-leaning ditrict but is currently facing black state senator Al Lawson in a competitive House primary (Boyds House district has a higher black percentage than the state as a whole, so, counterintuitively, it may actually be easier for him to win the Senate primary than win renomination to the House), could switch to the Senate race thinking that with Crist dropping out his odds would improve against Meek in the primary (Boyd could argue that he matches up better against Rubio than does Meek, and hed be right) and in the general. Congressman Ron Klein, who is facing a tough reelection (against Allen West in FL-22) anyhow, may also decide to go for the gold and run for the increasingly attractive (in Democrat eyes) Senate race. Some of the House Democrats from safe districts may also decide that the Senate election suddenly became less uphill than when they thought they would be facing Crist (Castor and Wasserman Schultz come to mind). I have to say, having Boyd and Klein running for the Senate would make it far likelier that we pick up those two House seats in FL.
So I, for one, hope that Crist drops out of the Senate race even if he runs for reelection instead. Hopefully, we can beat him in that primary as well and, meanwhile, Rubio can coast to election.
I said that I wished that he’d be swallowed by a blue whale, not that he’d swallow a sperm whale . . . .
And here is the imbecile Governor of Florida sucking up to ACORN while telling conservatives to go pound sand.
Time of reckoning is drawing near.
“Jeb is probably looking at the White House in 2012 or 2016.”
I can’t stomach another Bush, ever.
Rubio, yes. Bush, no.