Poll: Crist leads 3-way Senate race

by George Bennett, Palm Beach Post

Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist leads the general election race for U.S. Senate with 37 percent to 32 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 17 percent for leading Democrat Jeff Greene, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds.

If U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek is the Democratic nominee, he gets only 13 percent of the vote, with Crist at 39 percent and Rubio at 33 percent, the poll says. Crist was also the leader in an early-June Quinnipiac poll.

Quinnipiac finds a tight November governor’s race. In a poll that has a 3.2 percent margin of error, GOP frontrunner Rick Scott would get 29 percent to Democrat Alex Sink’s 27 percent, with independent Bud Chiles pulling 14 percent.

If Attorney General Bill McCollum is the Republican nominee, he tops Sink by a 27-to-26 percent margin, with Chiles at 14 percent.

Quinnipiac released polls Thursday showing wealthy self-financed outsiders Greene and Scott holding double-digit leads in their respective primaries.

The general election poll released today surveyed 969 Florida voters July 22-27.

President Obama gets a 46 percent approval rating with 50 percent disapproving. That’s an improvement from June, when voters disapproved of Obama by a 54-to-40 percent margin.

To read more, visit: http://www.postonpolitics.com/2010/07/poll-crist-still-leads-3-way-senate-race-governors-contest-a-squeaker/

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