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Poll: Rubio leads Crist big in Fla. Senate race

A new poll shows Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio's criticism of President Barack Obama is resonating with Florida voters as they favor him by a wide margin over independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.
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Florida U.S. Senate candidates Marco Rubio, left, Charlie Crist, center, and Kendrick Meek share a laugh shortly before airtime at the start of their debate, at the studios of WFTV in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 6.Joe Burbank / Pool via AP file
/ Source: The Associated Press

A new poll shows Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio's criticism of President Barack Obama is resonating with Florida voters as they favor him by a wide margin over independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

Rubio was favored by 44 percent to Crist's 30 percent in a survey of 1,055 likely Florida voters conducted between Oct. 6 and Oct. 10 by Quinnipiac University. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Meek has trailed badly throughout the three-way contest. He has 22 percent.

The results released Wednesday nearly mirrored Quinnipiac's survey two weeks ago that showed Rubio with a 13-point advantage over Crist.

The governor had a slight lead in some polls early in the race following his decision to leave the GOP.