Rubio leads Crist and Meek in race for Florida U.S. Senate seat

We have been anticipating the latest Quinnipiac poll on the Florida GOP Senate race, and it's come out today.

It shows Marco Rubio now leading Charlie Crist 47-44 percent.  This is the first time in the Quinnipiac poll that Rubio has led the Governor since they both announced their candidacies last spring.

This is big news, because Quinnipiac is respected perhaps a bit more than other recent surveys that have shown Rubio ascendent.  And because Quinnipiac has only been polling every few months,  it demonstrates dramatically the former Florida House Speaker's rise as his profile and this race has gained national attention.

The last survey conducted by the Connecticut based firm had Crist up 15 points, 50-35.   That was back in October.   In August Crist was up 55-26, and in June Crist led Rubio 54-23 percent.

As for Democrats, both nationally and in Florida that were hoping to exploit the divisions within the Republican Party after what should be a bruising primary,  the news isn't encouraging.

Quinnipiac reports that probable Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick trails both Republicans in a head to head match up.  Rubio leads Meek 44-35 percent, Crist leads Meek 48 to 36 percent.

And for the first time , President Obama has a higher disapproval rating in the Quinnipiac Florida poll.  The survey shows Obama with 45% approving his performance, and 49% disapproving.

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