Monday, June 29, 2009

Rubio Tied in Florida Senate Poll (Among GOP Voters Who Know)

I just found this local story from May while surfing around, "The Coming Battle for the Soul of the Florida GOP."

It's an old story for us, but I thought I'd share it since there's an interesting piece up tonight, "Poll: Rubio and Crist in dead heat among GOPers who know both" (via Memeorandum):
A June 24-26 Mason-Dixon poll for Ron Sachs Communications (MoE +/- 6 in primary questions, 4 in general election) shows Charlie Crist leading Marco Rubio in the Republican U.S. Senate primary 51 percent to 23 percent. Just 52 percent of likely primary voters had heard of Rubio, while Crist was almost universally recognized.

Get this: Among Republican voters who recognize both candidates, 33 percent back Crist and 31 percent back Rubio.
It's no surprise. Crist voted for the Obama porkulus maximus back in January. He has no creds among the conservative base of the party.

Crist looks dominant against either of the Democratic prospects, but it'll be interesting to see how the grassroots conservative support for Rubio influences the final primary results in that race.

More at Not One Red Cent. See also, Dan Riehl, "Careful What You Wish For."

But check this out, from the Wall Street Journal, "Hurricane Charlie: The Republican Barney Frank":

Mr. Crist is ... pushing a federal disaster-insurance fund, probably because he knows the risks he's taking and wants all American taxpayers to bail out his Florida schemes when future hurricanes hit. Meantime, he continues to perpetuate the myth that Florida property owners can have billions of dollars of subsidized insurance at little expense or risk. It's this kind of something-for-nothing economics that gave us the debacle of Fannie Mae. With that philosophy, Mr. Crist would feel right at home in Washington.