Daniel Foster reports on the Corner about the latest poll showing Republican US Senate Candidate Marco Rubio leading Governor Crist by more than a 2:1 margin, 60-28. What’s worse for Crist is that dropping out of the Senate race to run for governor is not much of a viable option:
GOP voters say they’d prefer likely nominee Bill McCollum over Crist by a 49-35 margin. In fact Republicans generally just want Crist to go away- 56% say they’d like him out of office a year from now to 19% who’d like to see him continue as Governor and only 14% who want him in the Senate.
Crist’s biggest problem is that 56% of Republican primary voters disapprove of the job he’s doing as Governor to just 29% who approve. Any time that disapproval figure goes over 50% it means you have to actively change voters’ minds about you to have any success, and that’s a tall order.
It’s possible that Crist, had he never engaged in this quixotic pursuit of a Senate seat, would still be in big electoral trouble anyway. But he has severely burned his bridges with conservatives with his petty assaults on Rubio, and now he looks like a man who will be out of a job come January 2011. And to think this was a guy some considered to be a presidential candidate about a year ago.
Bye bye Charlie.