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.