Reuters-Ipsos poll: Tea Party favorite Rubio ahead in Florida Senate race

September 15, 2010

The Tea Party’s on a roll and it’s a wake-up and smell the coffee moment for anyone who had dismissed the movement as a passing fad.

Tea Party backed Christine O’Donnell shook the political cognoscenti by winning the Delaware Republican primary over  longtime congressman Michael Castle last night. USA-POLITICS/FLORIDA

Another Tea Party favorite, Marco Rubio, is leading in the Senate race in Florida, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll on Wednesday.

With just six weeks to go until the Nov. 2 election, Rubio leads Florida Governor Charlie Crist, an independent, 40-26 percent among likely voters. Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 21 percent.

The Democratic candidate is likely taking support away from Crist, because in a two-way race Rubio and Crist poll head-to-head 46-45 percent.

Rubio comes out ahead on being seen as “the best person to represent Florida” among likely voters by 43 percent compared with Crist 34 percent and Meek 17 percent.

The Florida governor race is close, with Republican Rick Scott leading Democrat Alex Sink 47-45 percent among likely voters.

Photo credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria (Rubio in West Miami on April 27)

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