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Poll shows Rubio 'running away' with Senate seat

Qunnipiac: In the Florida U.S. Senate race, Republican Marco Rubio is running away with a commanding  44 – 30 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Charlie Crist, running as an independent, with Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek third with 22 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Today’s results are essentially unchanged from a September 30 poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, in which Rubio led Crist 46 – 33 percent with Meek getting 18 percent of likely voters. Florida likely voters disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance 54 – 43  percent, a slight improvement from October 1 when they disapproved 56 – 40 percent. As the clock ticks down to Election Day, there is no evidence that Marco Rubio’s lead is narrowing.  "Anything is possible since there are still three weeks left in the campaign, but it appears Rubio’s opponents will need an earth-shaking development to deny him the U.S. Senate seat,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Gov. Charlie Crist’s best chance for victory all along required that he outpoll Meek among Democrats and get half the independent vote.  He is doing neither.”

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