The latest survey the Republican primary for Florida’s Senate seat shows Marco Rubio leading Gov. Charlie Christ by 32 points, according to Public Policy Polling:
Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives. Crist has a 49-36 advantage with party moderates, but they account for just 31% of likely primary voters compared to 65% who describe themselves as conservative.
Rubio is benefiting from a widely held sentiment among Florida GOP voters that Congressional Republicans are too liberal and that Crist would add to the problem. 41% of them think that the party leadership in Washington is too liberal, and with those folks Rubio holds an 83-10 lead. 50% think that Crist himself is too liberal and with those voters Rubio’s advantage expands even wider to 90-5.
If Crist, who has a 56% disapproval rating among Republicans, were to decide to run for re-election, he would also be trailing Bill McCollum, the GOP frontrunner in that race.
As has been pointed out by pundits, the only way Crist can win is to switch parties or run as an Independent, which he has said he would not do.
On the heels of last week’s Rasmussen survey, which took at look at general election prospects, SurveyUSA is out with a poll, sponsored by the Louisville Courier-Journal and WHAS-TV, in the primary between Rand Paul and his Republican primary opponents.
Kentucky GOP Senate Primary
- Rand Paul: 42%
- Trey Grayson: 27%
- Bill Johnson: 5%
- Gurley Martin: 3%
- John Stephenson: 2%
- Jon Scribner: 1%
- Undecided: 19%
The poll shows a generic Republican and a generic Democrat neck and neck at 43% to 42%, with both splitting independents right down the middle.
Rasmussen is out with new polling in Kentucky showing Rand Paul and his primary opponent, Trey Grayson, with double-digit leads over potential general election match-ups with Democrats, Daniel Mongiardo and Jack Conway.
Rand Paul v. Daniel Mongiardo
- Mongiardo: 34%
- Paul: 51%
- Other: 3%
- Not sure: 12%
Rand Paul v. Jack Conway
- Conway: 34%
- Paul: 49%
- Other: 4%
- Not sure: 13%
Grayson also polls well against Conway and Mongiardo, but not as well at Paul.
Opposition to health care is an issue that is hurting the two Democrats, as 53% of likely voters strongly oppose ObamaCare. Voters are also not very kind to President Barack Obama on the issue, as 58% disapprove of his handling of health care.
Despite all of the news coverage about the “tea party candidates” running against him, It didn’t take long on Tuesday night to see that Rep. Ron Paul would easily win the Republican Party nomination in the 14th Congressional District by winning over 80% of the vote in the four way race.
Paul, who has served in the House since 1997 (not including earlier terms from 1979 to 1985), was being accused of not spending enough time in the district since his bid for president in 2007 to 2008. Republican primary voters in TX-14 overwhelmingly disagreed.
As I wrote on Monday, I would’ve been surprised had Paul not received 60% of the vote. Every two years it seems there is a lot of attention paid to Paul’s primary opponents, more than is reasonably necessary outside the district or state. They never succeed, despite the wishes of pro-war bloggers and commentators.
The GOP primary for Governor was a hot race thanks to the presence of liberty candidte Debra Medina. Unfortunately, Rick Perry won just enough to avoid a runoff with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, winning by a vote of 51.1% to 33.3%. Perry will head to the general election.
Medina, who had been gaining ground on Perry and Hutchison until her appearance Glenn Beck’s radio show, received 18.5% of the vote, finishing third.
You can see full GOP primary results here.