Two new polls show that Florida Governor Charlie Crist would win a 3-way election for US Senate. Rasmussen has the unaffiliated Crist ahead of Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek with 38% of the vote, compared to 34% for Rubio and 17% for Meek. A Mason-Dixon poll has similar results, with Crist getting 38%, Rubio 32% and Meek 19%.
Last month, before Crist announced his separation from the Republican Party, a Quinniapiac poll predicted that he would win a 3-way contest. A Rasmussen poll, however, gave Rubio the lead.
These numbers are most disturbing for Democrats. Meek trails badly in all of the recent polls, and Crist continues to get more attention than all of the candidates. The political rumor mill is already asserting that Democratic leaders will quietly back Crist if Meek cannot turn the tide. Because of his moderate-to-liberal positions, Crist will likely steal more Democratic (rather than Republican) votes.
I suspect that Florida and national Republican leaders, however, will continue bashing Crist. Why? He is clearly a political threat.