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Rubio appears to be coasting to victory in new Miami Herald poll

Republican Marco Rubio is on the verge of delivering one of the biggest political knockouts in Florida history, as a new St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows him barreling into Florida's open U.S. Senate seat 15 percentage points ahead of Gov. Charlie Crist.

The poll shows 41 percent of likely voters backing Rubio, compared to 26 percent for the no-party governor and 20 percent for Democratic congressman Kendrick Meek. It's a remarkable position for the former state House speaker from Miami who 18 months ago looked hopeless against Florida's supposedly invincible governor.

A two-man race might be competitive, but Rubio is coasting to Nov. 2 in the unusual three-way contest. More here.