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Crist Post-Indie Bounce Is Gone

According to the latest Rasmussen Poll, any bounce Charlie Crist enjoyed in the wake of his announcement that he would run as an unaffiliated candidate is gone. Just after Crist announced his exit from the Republican primary, he held a 4-point lead over Marco Rubio. He now trails Marco Rubio 39–31.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

Crist continues to attrite Republican support to Rubio, and has lost the narrow edge he enjoyed over Meek with Democrats. And Crist’s lead with independents is slipping away:

Crist, whose numbers had been in freefall in his primary match-up with Rubio, has been actively courting Democrats. But Meek now edges Crist among Democratic voters after trailing him two weeks ago.

Among Republicans, Crist’s support has dropped from 30% two weeks ago to 23% now. Rubio, the Cuban-American former speaker of the state House, earns 68% of Republicans, up 10 points from the previous survey.

Crist’s lead over Rubio among voters not affiliated with either party has narrowed as well, from 12 points early in the month to three points now.

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