Poll: Rubio leads both Dems in Florida Senate race
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRubio knocks coverage of US coronavirus cases as 'grotesque' and 'bad journalism Lessons from the front line — Florida's fight with sea level rise SNAP, airlines among final hurdles to coronavirus stimulus deal MORE (R-Fla.) has a big edge over his potential opponents in November.

Rubio leads both Democratic candidates, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.


Rubio initially said he would not run for reelection but has now decided to seek a second term.

Rubio has 47 percent support, to 40 percent for Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) if the two face off in the Senate race.

In a match-up between Rubio and Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonFlorida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson Live results: Arizona and Florida hold primaries The Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message MORE (D-Fla.), Rubio leads 48 to 40 percent.

The five declared GOP candidates for the seat all trail both Murphy and Grayson in head-to-head polls.

The Quinnipiac survey offered good news for Republicans in other Senate races.

In Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has 49 percent support, with Democratic challenger Katie McGinty also at 49 percent.

And in Ohio, Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenators pen op-ed calling for remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on Coronavirus stimulus talks hit setback as crisis deepens MORE (R-Ohio) is tied with former Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland at 42 percent each.

These three seats have been a source of concern for the GOP with presumptive presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHealth insurers Cigna, Humana waive out-of-pocket costs for coronavirus treatment Puerto Rico needs more federal help to combat COVID-19 Fauci says April 30 extension is 'a wise and prudent decision' MORE at the top of the ticket. Many Republicans believe Trump may imperil down-ballot Republicans with his divisive rhetoric and his lackluster fundraising efforts.

The poll surveyed 975 voters in Florida, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points; 971 voters in Ohio, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points; and 950 voters in Pennsylvania, with a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.

— This article was updated at 10:17 a.m.