Broward Republicans voted not to hold a straw poll on the U.S. Senate race until after the party hears from Gov. Charlie Crist and his opponent former house speaker Marco Rubio.
GOP chairman Chip LaMarca said he wants the candidates to come in September and October which means the earliest a straw poll vote could occur would be November.
It appeared to be a small number of activists pushing for a straw poll -- and they were drowned out by those who advocated against it, saying it would be divisive. Patrick Castronovo, who pushed for the straw poll, accused LaMarca of ''being in bed with Crist.''
But other activists said that they should focus on what unites them -- ousting Democrats and fighting President Barack Obama's healthcare reform -- rather than fighting about Republican candidates. The spat grew feisty with at least a couple of participants videotaping the meeting and some shouting out terse words about the opposite side.