Poll: Rubio has slim lead in three-way race

A new Rasmussen poll out Thursday gives Republican Marco Rubio a slight edge over Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) in Florida’s Senate race.

The poll has Rubio with 36 percent of the vote to Crist’s 34 percent. Meek trails with 15 percent, while 14 percent of respondents remain undecided. 

In a hypothetical race with self-funding Democrat Jeff Greene, Rubio garners 37 percent of the vote with 33 percent for Crist and 18 percent for Greene. The poll surveyed 500 likely voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. 

The state’s primary is Aug. 24.

Crist hasn’t had much good news over the past week. The corruption trial of former Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer is now set for October, with Crist as a potential witness. And while Rubio and Meek have largely steered clear of the issue, Greene has tried to use it against all three.  

These latest numbers show the race largely unchanged from a month ago, when Rubio and Crist were tied with 37 percent. A Florida Chamber of Commerce poll from mid-June gave Crist an 11-point lead in a three-man race.