Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rubio owns it.

For a guy with just a million bucks in his bank but ridiculous amounts of buzz, he knows how to run a race.

A day after learning Rubio was tied with Crist for the FL Sen nomination, we now learn that he runs far better against the likely Democratic nominee than does Crist.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Florida finds former state House Speaker Marco Rubio leading Democrat Kendrick Meek 49% to 35%. Governor Charlie Crist leads Meek 42% to 36%.


Crist’s edge over Meek is down from a 12-point lead in October.

The reason for the difference is that 79% of conservatives support Rubio but only 62% say Crist can count on their vote. Twenty-four percent (24%) of conservatives say they’d prefer either a third party option or are undecided. If Crist were to win the nomination, it is likely that many of those voters would end up supporting him over Meek.

Rasmussen nailed the key numbers, so I won't get into the weeds on this one. But it's clearly great news that ruins the perception pushed by the Crist camp that the FL Governor is more electable.

Yeah, I know. I talk about Rubio quite a bit on here for a blog with an Ohio focus, eh?

But I truly think he has great potential to be a fantastic leader for years into the future.

Doubt me? Watch his farewell speech when he left the Speaker's chair in the Florida House of Representatives:

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