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Tea Party Candidates Struggle To Get Ahead In The Polls, But Marco Rubio Is Holding Strong

October 12, 2010 by  

Tea Party candidates struggle to get ahead in the polls, but Marco Rubio is holding strongTea Party-backed candidates in this year's midterms may be struggling in some states, but it appears that Marco Rubio's Senate bid in Florida is currently safe.

According to a recent poll, Rubio leads his opponents Governor Charlie Crist, an Independent, and Democrat representative Kendrick Meek by some 20 points, at 56 percent.

The survey released by United Faculty of Miami Dade College found that Crist and Meek are 26.6 and 25.7 percent, respectively, with only 1.4 percent of voters still undecided.

"Rubio is riding the current state of deep discontent among voters," said Barry Greenberg, professor emeritus of educational and psychological studies at Florida International University in Miami, adding that "he has become well known and well-liked by his followers."

Meanwhile, Nevada Tea Party-supported candidate Sharron Angle's lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is within the statistical error, while Alaska's Joe Miller is facing a serious threat from the write-in candidate and current GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The latest CNN/Opinion Research poll puts them at 38 and 36 percent, respectively. 

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