Marco Rubio doesn’t mention Tea Party in victory speech

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

A PPP poll released Tuesday shows Rubio in his strongest position since Crist ditched the Republican Party to run as an independent. The poll has Rubio at 40 percent, followed by Crist’s 32 percent and Meek’s 17 percent.

The poll noted that undecided Republican voters — who may have been tempted to support Crist — are largely moving into Rubio’s camp. “Many Republicans were up in the air between Crist and Rubio previously but whatever they’ve seen over the last month has moved them more firmly into the Rubio column,” the PPP’s analysis of its polling results read.

Part of Rubio’s rise can also be attributed, according to the poll, to Democrats coming together to support Meek over Crist. “As Democrats have gotten to know Meek over the course of the primary campaign they’ve generally decided they like him and that’s cut into Crist’s support for the general election,” the PPP poll analysis explained.

On Tuesday night, Meek weathered millions in campaign ads against him, handily defeating billionaire candidate Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination.