Rubio Closes on Bush’s Lead in FL


Marco Rubio could upset the FL GOP political establishment again should he beat Jeb Bush in Florida. In a  CNN report from Jeb’s announcement event, you can see and hear many of the FL GOP’s elite essentially telling Mr. Rubio to wait his turn. But in the latest Quinnipiac poll, released today, Rubio now trails Bush by only 2% points, and well within the margin of error (+/- 4.9%).

But the more striking number from the poll, and one that is seldom looked at is, as stated in the poll:

A computation that combines the first and second choices of Republican voters in the three states shows:

  • Rubio – 36 percent in Florida, 17 percent in Ohio and 24 percent in Pennsylvania;
  • Bush – 33 percent in Florida, 20 percent in Ohio and 18 percent in Pennsylvania;
  • Walker – 15 percent in each state.

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Rubio has consistently led the “second choice” category above every other candidate. This could prove extremely beneficial to the freshman senator as candidates begin to drop out of the race, which nationally now shows a dead heat between the top 4 candidates: Bush, Rubio, Scott Walker, and Ben Carson.

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Dr. Ben Carson actually leads the last national poll released.