Rubio surges to 14 point lead after RNC pick Crist bolted party

September 16, 2010 03:59

Republican candidate Marco Rubio has opened a clear lead in a Florida Senate race, becoming the latest Tea Party favorite to benefit from voter anger at Washington, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Wednesday.

By Steve Holland at Reuters


‘Six weeks before November 2 congressional elections, Rubio leads state Governor Charlie Crist, an independent, by 40 percent to 26 percent among likely voters, the poll found. Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 21 percent.’

‘Tea Party-backed candidates have ousted Republican establishment politicians in Nevada, Colorado, Kentucky and Connecticut. Crist fled the Republican Party earlier this year to run as an independent when it seemed clear he would lose to the conservative Rubio in the state’s primary vote.’

‘Voters are anxious about high unemployment and the sour economy in this election year when all 435 seats of the House of Representatives are up for grabs in November along with 37 Senate seats and 36 governorships.’

‘But he will also have to contend with an anti-incumbent mood. The poll said he is seen as more likely than Rubio to “say anything to win votes” and more “part of the problem with politics right now in this country.”‘


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