Oh-so-credible Rasmussen Poll has @MarcoRubio up by 2 over @CharlieCristFL

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From Rasmussen: The race to become the next U.S. senator from Florida remains a very close one between Republican Marco Rubio and Independent Charlie Crist as both potential Democratic candidates struggle to gain traction.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida finds Rubio earning 35% support and Crist capturing 33% of the vote. Prospective Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek remains a distant third at 20%. However, for Meek, that reflects a five-point gain from earlier in the month.

With Meek as the Democratic nominee, three percent (3%) say they’d vote for “some other candidate,” and eight percent (4%) remain undecided.

If real estate billionaire Jeff Greene wins the Democratic nomination, the numbers are Crist 36%, Rubio 34% and Greene 19%. In that match-up, three percent (3%) still stick with “some other candidate,” and nine percent (9%) are undecided. Democrats will choose their nominee in an August 24 primary.

The race remains a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Balance of Power summary.

The Rasmussen Reports Media Meter shows that coverage of Crist has been 57% positive over the past week. For Rubio, the coverage has been 52% positive, but Crist, Florida’s current governor, has more than double the volume of coverage. Platinum Members can see additional Media Meter data on this race and compare traditional media coverage with social media.

Forty-six percent (46%) of the state’s Likely Voters consider themselves at least somewhat conservative. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say they’re moderate, and 26% are at least somewhat liberal.

Crist is viewed as politically moderate by 59% of Florida voters, liberal by 24% and conservative by 10%.

For Rubio, those numbers are 56% conservative, 15% moderate and 11% liberal.

Forty percent (40%) see Meek as politically liberal, while 23% say he’s moderate. But 28% have no idea.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.