- February 4, 2010
A new poll by Quinnipiac University has Attorney General Bill McCollum only leading by a 40%-36% margin in the governor's race over Democratic favorite Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer. Of the other 24% of poll respondents, they either “didn't know” or had other responses.
A March poll by Mason Dixon polling and research had McCollum with a comfortable 49%-34% lead over Sink. In January, the “Q” poll had McCollum leading by 10 points, 41%-31%.
And by the time you read this, Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, may have shed the “R” label and be running for U.S. Senate as an Independent. Crist has until April 30 to make the decision.
Crist must be encouraged by the “Q” poll showing he polls well enough to barely win a three-man race as an Independent over Republican primary poll leader Marco Rubio and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami.
Other signs of the change in thinking are emerging.
Crist's campaign recently pulled TV ads in Tampa and Orlando. And Crist's campaign chairman, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack, and a mentor to Crist, resigned his post citing Crist's veto of Senate Bill 6, the teacher merit pay measure.
Following his veto, Crist was encouraging teachers who are Democrats to switch to Republican to support him.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggested recently that if Crist has any future political aspirations, that he drop out of the Senate race rather than become a non-party candidate.