The latest statewide poll (this one released by Ron Sachs Communications) has popular Gov. Charlie Crist leading 51 percent to 23 percent over former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate Republican primary, with 26 percent undecided.
The poll found Crist enjoys almost total name recognition among Florida Republicans no surprise given that he is the very visible and media-savvy incumbent. Rubio, out of office for months and never as well known as Crist, is recognized by 52 percent of likely Republican primary voters.
The poll also found that in the Democratic Primary, Congressman Kendrick Meek leads Congresswoman Corrine Brown 27 percent to 12 percent, but nearly two-thirds of voters, 61 percent, remain undecided. Name recognition for both candidates among Democratic voters remains at less than 50 percent.
The poll of 625 Florida registered voters was conducted June 24 – 26 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. Questions relating to the General Election have a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent. Read it for yourself here: Download Florida Senate poll 6-29-09
The poll's release comes as the final day of this moneyraising quarter (June 30) approaches, with last-minute pleas for money from a host of candidates (many of whom are here in hot Tallahassee today and tomorrow seeking checks. Jeb Bush Jr. sent out letters via e-mail asking for help for Rubio:
"Marco represents the best in what our Party should strive to be. He is the candidate to put our Party back on track. We have a great opportunity to elect a true conservative and a greater obligation to elect a man of principle. But to do this we must show that this is a strong grassroots movement. I hope you will take the time to donate to Marco today."