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Crist would crush Scott in 2014 race, Quinnipiac poll finds

Gov. Rick Scott would lose handily to former Gov. Charlie Crist in a matchup for governor in 2014, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Crist, a Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat, would beat Scott, a Republican, by a margin of 50 percent to 34 percent, the poll found.

Scott's woeful poll numbers persist, as only 32 percent of voters say he deserves a second term in office, including 28 percent of independent voters who often are decisive in close statewide races in Florida. And by a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent (including a quarter of Republicans), Florida voters disapprove of Scott's job performance.

The lone piece of good news for Scott in the poll is that in a hypothetical Republican primary, he would crush Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam by a 2-to-1 margin (47 percent to 24 percent). Such numbers suggest that today, at least, Scott need not be concerned about a challenge from the right in 2014.

Click here for Quinnipiac press release of poll results.

-- Steve Bousquet