May 17, 2010
Chickens already coming home to roost for Charlie CristTopics: Political News and commentaries
As expected, the bounce RINO Charlie Crist got when he left the GOP and turned Independent in the three-way Florida race for the US Senate - has evaporated:
Charlie Crist received a bounce in the polls when he left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. New numbers suggest that the bounce for the governor is over.In fact, not only has his bounce evaporated, Crist is right back to almost exactly where he was before he left the GOP:
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.
Two weeks ago, just after Crist announced that he was running as an independent, he held a 38% to 34% advantage over Rubio.
The latest numbers parallel the findings in April two weeks before Crist announced he was quitting the Republican Primary race.
Crist, whose numbers had been in freefall in his primary match-up with Rubio, has been actively courting Democrats. But Meek now edges Crist among Democratic voters after trailing him two weeks ago.
Among Republicans, Crist's support has dropped from 30% two weeks ago to 23% now. Rubio, the Cuban-American former speaker of the state House, earns 68% of Republicans, up 10 points from the previous survey.
Crist's lead over Rubio among voters not affiliated with either party has narrowed as well, from 12 points early in the month to three points now.
As Ed Morrissey points out, this is just after two weeks as an independent, during which Crist managed to laugh at the notion of refunding donations from former supporters who were under the impression that Crist would be loyal to his party affiliation (clearly the stiffed supporters were not amused). And as bad as the numbers are now for Crist, indeed we can expect, as Ed aptly notes, the numbers to slide further as Democrats eventually come home to Meek or Jeff Greene, a candidate that was not included in Rasmussen's survey.
Charlie Crist's political career is over - he should have gracefully bowed out of the race when he had the chance.
Posted by Richard at May 17, 2010 1:25 PM
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