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It was almost 2 months ago that I first heard the opposing rumors about Charlie Crist. One set of rumors said that he’d drop out rather than risk humiliating defeat. The other rumor was that he’d switch parties and run as a Democrat. At that point, I didn’t think either rumor was credible. Based on Scott Rasmussen’s most recent polling, though, I’m now thinking that Crist might well drop out:

Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio continues to lengthen his lead over Governor Charlie Crist in the contest for Florida’s Republican Senate nomination.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Republican Primary voters finds Rubio leading Crist by 18 points, 54% to 36%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent are undecided. Those figures reflect a five point increase in support for Rubio compared to a month ago. Support for Crist has changed little over the past month.

Charlie Crist can’t win this race. The most he can do is desperately attack and malign Marco Rubio, which he’s started doing. What’s impressive to me is that Marco isn’t attempting to avoid debating Gov. Crist. That’s the sign of a man with confidence in his abilities and his positions.

That’s why I think this primary is pretty much a done deal. I’m getting out the butter because I think Charlie Crist is toast.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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