A new Quinnipiac poll shows that Florida Governor Charlie Crist would win the upcoming senate election if he ran as an Independent. Crist, however, faces an uphill battle as a Republican candidate.
The poll shows that Republican challenger Marco Rubio leads Crist by 23 points among Republicans. But in a general election 3-way contest with Democratic challenger Representative Kendrick Meek, Crist would win with 32 percent of the votes (followed by Rubio and then Meek).
According to the polling data Crist draws more support from Democrats and Independents than Rubio. In a 2-way contest, Crist outperforms Rubio against Meek, although both candidates lead the Democratic contender.