Marco Rubio 47%, Democrat Pat Murphy 40%
Marco Rubio 48%, Democrat Alan Grayson 40%
A new Florida poll shows why GOP elites have lobbied U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio so hard to reverse course and run for re-election: He’s the only Republican who’s beating the Democrats in the race for his seat.
Rubio, who could make his intentions clear on Wednesday, leads U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy 47 percent to 40 percent and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson 48 percent to 40 percent, according to a QPoll of 975 registered Florida voters that has a 3.1 percentage point error margin.
All of the race’s four announced Republican candidates lose to those two Democrats in theoretical head-to-head match-ups, according to the poll. With the exception of Murphy, all the candidates announced after Rubio said he wouldn’t seek re-election because he was running for president.
An incumbent who once enjoyed high favorable ratings, Rubio’s image took a beating when he ran for president.
When you lose a presidential election, your numbers go down at home. It’s an axiom of American politics,” said Peter A. Brown, Quinnipiac's assistant polling director. “But it’s important to say that if Rubio runs, he’ll start off ahead. And in a year when Republicans are having trouble, it’s better to start off ahead than behind.”