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Crist Holding Lead in Senate Race, Brown Trails Meek

A new poll of the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez in 2010 showed Gov. Charlie Crist ahead of both the Republican primary and general election fields by a wide margin.

In the Ron Sachs/Mason-Dixon telephone survey of 625 registered voters, Crist led former House Speaker Marco Rubio 51 percent to 23 percent and was ahead of potential Democratic opponents U.S. Reps. Kendrick Meek and Corrine Brown 48 percent to 26 percent and 55 percent to 24 percent respectively.

Perhaps explaining Crist’s large lead in each potential match-up is that the governor’s name was recognized by nearly all of the poll's respondents, while Rubio was only identifiable to 52 percent and Meek and Brown were known to less than half.

In the Democratic Primary, Meek, who has officially entered the race, leads Brown, who’s just said she is thinking about it, 27 percent to 12 percent, with 61 percent of the respondents undecided.

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