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Crist has edge in Herald/Times Senate poll

Charlie Crist's declaration of independence is paying off -- so far.

The governor narrowly leads Florida's topsy-turvy U.S. Senate race, despite nearly half of the voters saying he made a "purely political'' decision to bolt the GOP and run as an independent candidate in the Nov. 2 general election, a new St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll finds.

Of the registered voters surveyed, 30 percent were for Crist, 27 percent for Republican Marco Rubio and 15 percent for Democratic front-runner Kendrick Meek.

The race remains volatile: Crist's lead over Rubio is within the poll's four-percentage-point margin of error, and nearly one out of four voters are undecided.

"This is a bit of a petri dish in some ways because Crist is a popular guy -- people like him, they like his policies,'' pollster Julia Clark, director of Ipsos Public Affairs.

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What you haven't reported is the breakdown of people who support whom among those who know who these candidate are.

But that's beause the Times loves Charlie and knows that that breakdown is seriously bad news for your boy.

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