Politics & Government

Poll: Rubio holds almost 6 to 1 lead over Beruff, but tied with Murphy in general election matchup

By KRISTEN M. CLARK

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio answers questions from the press after paying his respects to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last week.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio answers questions from the press after paying his respects to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last week. ORLANDO SENTINEL VIA AP

Another recent poll shows incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio as the clear Republican favorite in Florida's U.S. Senate race -- but he would have a battle on his hands against Democrat Patrick Murphy if the two faced off in the general election, the poll found.

The new statewide survey from News 13/Bay News 9 -- conducted June 25-27 -- found Rubio with 63 percent support in the Aug. 30 GOP primary, with "undecided" being a distant second at 13 percent. Manatee County home-builder Carlos Beruff got 11 percent, followed by relative unknowns Dwight Youngat 10 percent and Ernie Rivera at 2 percent.

For those results, the TV stations polled 555 likely Republican voters. The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.1 percent.

In the Democratic primary, the potential victor is not so decisive.

"Undecided" still leads the pack with 35 percent support -- as it has consistently for months while the Democratic contenders fight for prominence among primary voters.

But as is consistent with most other recent polls, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter holds the edge. He got 30 percent support compared 21 percent support for fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, the poll found.

Among the remaining percent: Miami labor attorney and former naval officer Pam Keith got 10 percent support, former assistant U.S. attorney Reginald Luster of Jacksonville got 3 percent and California businessman and former presidential hopeful "Rocky" Roque De La Fuente of Orlando got 2 percent. Luster and De La Fuente joined the primary contest last week when they qualified for the ballot.

The stations surveyed 618 likely Democratic primary voters for those results, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.

The only general election match-up the stations polled was between Rubio and Murphy, who are viewed as the frontrunners in their respective primaries.

If the election were held this week, respondents would have made it a draw.

Both Rubio and Murphy polled with 43 percent support, while 8 percent said they were undecided and 7 percent would've picked another candidate.

The general election survey polled 1,678 likely November voters. The results had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percent.

More detailed poll results here.

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