No, I’m not referring to his tan, but to a new Rasumussen survey that puts him back, squarely behind our boy Mario Rubio in the race for Florida’s Senate seat.
You’ll recall that Crist made the determination to duck out of the Republican primary because he was tanking against Rubio for the party’s nomination. He made that move, partly on the pollyannaish pipedream (supported by a few polls at the time) that running as an independent would secure him the seat over Rubio as well as the Democrats’ candidate, Kendrick Meek. In fact, just after leaving the race, his bold step (accurately characterized by my fellow blogger as “opportunistic“) paid off with a quick bounce. But, as Rasmussen reports (get it?):
New numbers suggest that the bounce for the governor is over.
What’s more, the demographics look even worse:
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.
Charlie is going the wrong direction with Republicans (understandably put-off by his turn-coat ways), Democrats (who have an actual Democrat for whom to vote), and independents (who rightfully see his crass moves, like refusing to return campaign contributions as craven and self-serving). Expect that slide to continue.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)