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Poll shows Rubio's tough road ahead

Gov. Charlie Crist -- more popular than President Barack Obama -- would trounce former Florida House speaker Marco Rubio  54-23 percent if the 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate were held today, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Obama's job approval rating stands at 58 percent, while 62 percent approve of the job Crist is doing.

"Rubio is going to have to convince an awful lot of Republicans who have a favorable impression of Crist that they need to re-evaluate their views,'' said Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown. "The only practical way to accomplish that would be a well-funded, negative campaign."

As for the Democratic frontrunner, Kendrick Meek, he's unknown by 80 percent of voters statewide, according to the survey.

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