From Rasmussen Reports: Both Republican hopefuls hold a double-digit lead over their likeliest Democratic opponent, Congressman Kendrick Meek, in the latest Rasmussen Reports survey of this years race for the U.S. Senate in Florida.
Governor Charlie Crist now has a 15-point lead on Meek among likely Florida voters, 48% to 33%. Given this match-up, 10% prefer another candidate, and nine percent (9%) are undecided. Former House Speaker Marco Rubio now posts a 17-point lead on Meek, 49% to 32%. He had a 14-point lead on the Democrat in the previous survey and a similar margin in October. In a Rubio-Meek contest, six percent (6%) like another candidate, and 13% are undecided. In December, Crist led Meek by just six, 42% to 36%. At that time, Rubio enjoyed a double-digit lead.
Meek, like many Democrats nationally appears to be suffering from voter concern about the continuing bad economy and the now-stalled health care plan. Many senior citizens, in particular, were strongly opposed to the plan proposed by Obama and congressional Democrats.
Also: The race to replace Crist as governor still leans Republican with little movement in either direction. GOP state Attorney General Bill McCollum leads Democrat Alex Sink 46% to 35%.