My argument (first said here on Florida News) for the last two weeks has been that Charlie Crist, by launching an early media blitz and a statewide bus tour, announcing Martinez’s endorsement, etc., has already won the race to be the Republican nominee for governor. A new poll bears out my theory that Crist has already thrown a knockout punch.
“In a Republican primary, Attorney General Charlie Crist wins the nomination for Governor, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WFLA-TV Tampa, WFOR-TV Miami, WKRG-TV Pensacola, WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, and WTLV-TV Jacksonville. 12 weeks from the 9/5/06 Primary, Crist gets 52%, to 21% for Florida CFO Tom Gallagher. Crist leads all demographic groups. Gallagher does relatively best among young voters, liberals, and those who disapprove of President Bush.
This fight is over. Tom Gallagher just doesn’t know it yet.