A Mason-Dixon poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist with a 53 percent to 18 percent lead over former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in next year's election.
That's a big gap for Rubio to overcome, but the challenge appears even more daunting when you consider the results of another question in the poll: 98 percent of the 625 registered Florida voters surveyed said they recognized the name "Charlie Crist," compared to 39 percent who recognized "Marco Rubio."
Other results of the survey, as reported by the Palm Beach Post, include U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek holding a 26 percent-16 percent lead over state Sen. Dan Gelber for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat. Crist would beat either one of them handily in a general election, according to the poll results.
In the race for governor, Attorney General Bill McCollum holds a 39 percent-12 percent lead over Agriculture Secretary Charles Bronson, who has not said whether he is running for the GOP nomination. McCollum also holds a 40 percent-34 percent lead over Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in a hypothetical general election.
Read the whole poll here.