Charlie Crist’s likely run for a Senate could quite possibly turn out to be more difficult than he had imagined a few months ago. Instead of clearing the field for the Governor as many had expected, Marco Rubio now says that he is open to challenging Crist in a GOP Primary for the Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez. A new Mason Dixon poll shows that Rubio may not be as crazy as some may think. According to the poll, which was released just last week, only 23% of Republicans say that they will “definitely” vote for Crist in a GOP Senate primary. (On the other hand, 66% say they would definitely vote for Bill McCollum in a GOP Gubernatorial primary.)
Crist has maintained relatively high approval ratings in spite of the battering Florida’s economy has taken. A GOP primary, however, is bound to be dominated by conservatives unhappy with Crist’s embrace of Obama’s stimulus plan and avoidance of controversial issues.