Politics

Marco Rubio doubles up Charlie Crist

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter

GOP candidate and Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio has surged to a two-to-one lead in the Florida Senate race, according to a new Rasmussen poll, but his campaign said the seat is not yet won.

Rubio hit 50 percent in the three-way race for the first time, prompting Rasmussen Reports to shift the contest from “Leans Republican” to “Solid Republican.”

The poll was conducted following a televised debate Wednesday between Rubio, Independent Charlie Crist, who came in second with 25 percent, and Democrat Kendrick Meek, who was third with 19 percent.

“Rasmussen’s numbers have been pretty close all year, and while it’s always better to be up than down, the reality is that this poll is an outlier,” Rubio spokesperson Alex Burgos said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller. “We feel very good about where we are, but there are still three long weeks to go.”

The Crist and Meek campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.