NEW POLL: Marco Rubio BEATS Charlie Crist

A new poll shows Marco Rubio ahead of Charlie Crist for the first time in the race.

The Quinnipiac University poll has Rubio ahead by 3 and also beating Kendrick Meeks, the expected Democrat.

Likewise, Senator John Cornyn is now saying of Rubio, “His chances are better now than they’ve been at any point earlier.” Nonetheless, Cornyn is standing by his man Charlie Crist.

Cornyn said he’s sticking by endorsements already issued by the NRSC — including that of Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., in his Senate bid.

But he noted that other candidates have explicitly said they don’t want the backing of national Republicans — something he said is “probably smart” in a year where anti-Washington fervor is running strong.

Of his endorsement of Crist, he said: “I made that commitment early on, and I’m sticking with it. But it’s an acknowledgement that the primary voters are going to be the ones to choose — not me, not anybody else.

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