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Charlie Crist will stay in the Race in Florida for the Senate……..

The Dog has cautioned Daniel several times that Crist would not make any political moves despite bad poll numbers until he finished debating  his GOP opponent Marco Rubio…..

After the two stepped off on their first debate Crist has announced that he’s NOT backing out of the race……

More……..

Please read the comments to the linked piece…they are interesting

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio debated Sunday morning on Fox, where the two Senate hopefuls sparred over everything from the stimulus to the price of Rubio’s haircuts.

Crist also confirmed that, despite Rubio leading the governor by double digits in the Republican Senate primary race (an average of 25.4 points in March, according to Real Clear Politics data), he would be running as a Republican and not entering the race as an independent. And if elected, he said, he would not ditch the office to run for the Oval Office in 2012.

Crist also defended his acceptance of stimulus funds, and said as a senator he would have voted for the $787 billion package.

“I think it was the right thing to do at the time,” Crist said, noting that the economy “was falling off a cliff.”

“Things have started to stabilize now and they’re getting better in Florida,” he added.

Rubio contended that record 12.2 percent unemployment in the state showed otherwise. “If it’s bad for America it couldn’t possibly be good for your state,” he said.

Update…..

Links to the debate……Here…..…..and Here…..….

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Daniel G on Florida Governor Crist and Rep. Rubio…..

Morning Dog!

It looks like former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL) is enjoying a Bounce from his CPAC Speech. A new Statewide Survey in the Sunshine State shows Rubio extending his lead over current Governor Charlie Crist (R-FL) in the Republican Senate Primary.

Rasmussen Survey

Florida Senate 2010

Republican Primary

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio  54 %
Incumbent Governor Charlie Crist  36 %
Others  4 %
Undecided  7 %

Job Approvals (only among Republican Primary Voters)

Obama

Approve  17 %
Disapprove  83 %

Crist (R)

Approve  48 %
Disapprove  49 %

This has to be a CPAC Bounce for Rubio. 18 Points!!! Not bad. It looks like Floridian GOP Voters not only like Rubio, they LOVE him.

Update:……
http://www.pollster.com/polls/fl/10-fl-sen-reppr-wc.php

Rubio leads Crist by 14.7 Points on Pollster.com

Rubio also leads on the RealClearPolitics Average by 11.6 Points.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/fl/florida_senate_republican_primary-1064.html

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 13 Comments