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Charlie Crist Needs Jeff Greene to Win Tuesday's Florida Senate Primary

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Charlie Crist, waging an independent campaign for Senate in Florida, is probably crossing his fingers for billionaire Jeff Greene in Tuesday's primary to choose the Democratic candidate because that's the outcome best for Crist in the three-way general election contest that includes Republican Marco Rubio.

If Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek emerges as the party's nominee, Rubio leads Crist 40 percent to 32 percent with 17 percent for Meek, 3 percent for Libertarian Alex Snitker and 8 percent undecided, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted Aug. 21-22.

But Crist is significantly more competitive with Greene in the race. In that scenario, Rubio is statistically tied with Crist, leading him 37 percent to 36 percent with 13 percent for Greene, 4 percent for Snitker and 10 percent undecided.
Kendrick Meek, Charlie Crist
The margin of error is 4.1 points.

PPP's result is consistent with a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Aug. 9.

The conventional wisdom has been that Democrats are far more likely to coalesce around Meek than Greene, the controversial outsider, and gives them less cover to support Crist.

The PPP survey supports that view. Crist gets 48 percent of the Democratic vote with Greene in the race but a lesser 38 percent with Meek in it. Greene gets 24 percent of the Democratic vote in the three-way contest while Meek would get 39 percent.

Crist gets about half of the independent vote in either match-up, but PPP expects their turnout to be low and made them only 14 percent of the sample.

One of the questions about Crist, should he win the general election, is whether he would caucus in the Senate with the Democrats or Republicans. While Florida voters are disenchanted with either alternative, more (57 percent) say they would not vote for Crist if he committed to join with the Republicans while 47 percent said they wouldn't vote for him if he were to choose the Democrats.

"Charlie Crist had been looking good after switching parties, but Republicans are ginned up by Marco Rubio, hardly any independents plan to show up, and Kendrick Meek's likely victory tonight could kill the tri-partisan coalition Crist had been building," said PPP's Dean Debnam.

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Crist wouldn't win no matter who opposed him. The people know who and what he is, and they have tuned him out. Time for a big change. If it doesn't work out, another election will soon be upon us. Just do not be taken in by slick talkers. Check their history, what did they embrace before the current campaign? Does it match up with what is being said today? What are the accomplishments, was good judgment and integrity apparent in both their public and private lives? Rubio certainly sounds like the guy we want in DC.

August 25 2010 at 3:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Rubio will be the next US Senator. Meek and Crist are truly advancing the Obama Radical Agenda. Meek and his mother are two peas in a pod--con artist. Alex Sink has a duh platform and experience with questionable tactics.

August 24 2010 at 9:54 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

As a Floridian, I can say that we've been utterly dissappointed in Charlie Crist. The reason why he had no support when he was running as a republican is because all of us Floridians knew he had governed our state as a democrat 100%. We all wonder if he thought he could fool us twice. We already have one democrat senator, Bill Nelson. Democrats don't normally vote in an mid-term election, so I think Rubio will win the republican and independent vote, with Crist and Meek splitting the democrats.

August 24 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

looks like Chris has a lot of democratic appeal. Now it makes sense why the Rebulican party dumped him.

August 24 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Groover

I am very disgusted by our choice of gubernatorial candidates. Both appear to be leading Florida backwards. Endorsing the Arizona law is all each of them seems to be talking about. When did Florida starting modeling itself after Arizona.

August 24 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Mr. Groover's comment

When you found your State to be as overrun by illegals as AZ.

August 25 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

charlie crist will be a great senator for the sunshine state,he is not about extremists or their agenda!

August 24 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse -19 rate up rate down Reply
Debbie Penland !

Don't know about "Crist" needing "Greene"...just know that "FLORIDA SURE DOESN'T N-E-E-D CRIST"!!!

August 24 2010 at 2:44 PM Report abuse +21 rate up rate down Reply

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