Scott Rasmussen is out with his new poll of a possible three-way race in the Florida Senate race:
If Florida Governor Charlie Crist leaves the Republican Party and enters the U.S. Senate race as an independent candidate, he will begin the campaign in second place.
The latest Rasmussen Reports poll of Florida voters finds that 37% would vote for GOP frontrunner Marco Rubio, 30% for Crist and 22% for the likely Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek. That’s much closer than a month ago when Rubio had a 17-point advantage and Crist was in third place.
In a two-way race, both Rubio and Crist hold solid leads over Meek.
Rubio now leads among Republicans and unaffiliated voters with Crist in second. Among Democrats, Meek earns 46% support, while Crist picks up 33% of the Democratic vote.
Meek leads among voters under 30, Crist leads among 30-somethings, and Rubio leads among those 40 and older.
That’s certainly a much better playing field for Crist than the GOP primary, where Rubio holds a seemingly insurmountable lead over Crist.