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Martinez has target on his back in 2010

Sen. Mel Martinez could face a tough re-election, as a Quinnipiac University poll released today shows him receiving approval from only 42 percent of the voters. According to the survey, 33 percent disapprove of Martinez.

In contrast, Gov. Charlie Crist looks hard to beat with a 68 percent approval rating. Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink would be his strongest Democratic challenger, according to the poll, though her approval rating is only 35 percent.

"Florida votes Democrat for president, unseats a couple of Republican congressmen and the state GOP is worrying about the state turning blue, but nothing seems to hurt Gov. Crist," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Even in bad economic times and with his Republican Party seemingly on the ropes, he remains incredibly popular."

The Nov. 11-16 survey of 1,361 Florida voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. More at http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml

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