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Rubio Takes Lead From Crist

By Gina Jordan

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's U-S Senate race has become a statistical dead heat among the top two Republican contenders. Governor Charlie Crist has gone from having an easy double-digit lead to second place.

The Quinnipiac University poll shows former House Speaker Marco Rubio's grassroots campaign has paid off. He now leads Crist in the poll of likely Republican voters 47 to 44-percent.

"There is a wave of anti-incumbent, anti-status quo mentality that's going around the country."

Quinnipiac's Peter Brown says across all party lines, both candidates would beat the leading Democratic contender, South Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek. But he says there is some good news for Meek.

"He'll to some degree benefit from several million dollars of negative TV spots against his eventual opponent, regardless of who that is."

Crist managed to raise $2-million dollars in the 4th quarter and has the most money on hand. As governor, Crist's job approval has dropped to 50-percent, his lowest number yet.

Only 45-percent of Florida voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing.