Crist polls last place in a three-way Florida Senate race 

Rasmussen measures Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek against Republicans Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist in a three-way race for the Senate seat vacated by Mel Martinez, R. The result? Rubio crushes the competition, and Crist comes in third.

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio for now runs well ahead in a three-way race for the U.S. Senate in Florida, should Governor Charlie Crist decide to run as an independent.

The first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of a potential three-candidate Senate race finds Rubio earning 42% support from likely voters in the state. Democrat Kendrick Meek picks up 25%, and Crist runs third with 22%. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided.

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Rubio gets 53% of the male vote, while female voters are more evenly divided among the three candidates.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of Republicans favor Rubio in a three-way contest, while 20% of GOP voters prefer Crist. But Crist also earns 21% Democratic support. A solid plurality (47%) of voters not affiliated with either party favor Rubio.

Crist has downplayed talk of running as an independent, despite trailing Rubio by large double-digit margins in the GOP primary. The primary is August 24.

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