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Senate Nomination Crist's For Taking; Dems Unknown In Florida

As we noted this morning, 42 percent of Florida voters believe Gov. Charlie Crist (R) should run for re-election, with 26 percent supporting a potential Senate run.

The Quinnipiac survey (April 6-13, 1,332 voters, MoE +/- 2.7 percent) also shows that the Democratic field is largely unsettled. Tested were announced candidates, Rep. Kendrick Meek and state Sen. Dan Gelber, as well as potential candidates, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Rep. Ron Klein.

Primary Election Matchup
Meek 16 (-1)
Iorio 15 (unch)
Klein 8 (-6)
Gelber 5 (unch)
Undecided 53 (+10)

On the Republican side, Qunnipiac tests a primary race with or without Crist. Other candidates include former House Speaker Marco Rubio, another former House Speaker, Allan Bense, and Rep. Vern Buchanan. A previous poll, conducted in February, included Rep. Connie Mack, who has since taken himself out of the running.

Primary Election Matchup (without Crist)
Buchanan 16 (+5)
Rubio 11 (+5)
Bense 3 (-1)
Undecided 66 (+28)

With Crist
Crist 54 (+1)
Rubio 8 (+5)
Buchanan 8 (+3)
Bense 2 (unch)
Undecided 25 (+4)

Most of the candidates, Democrats in particular, are largely unknown quantities statewide. After the jump, see fav/unfav ratings for the potential candidates

Fav/Unfav
Crist 64/22

Meek 11/6
Klein 9/4
Gelber 6/2
Iorio 16/4

Rubio 10/11
Buchanan 17/9
Bense 5/2