Rubio tops Crist in Pinellas County GOP straw poll

Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 11, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Republican activists in Gov. Charlie Crist's home county voted 106-54 to support former House Speaker Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate primary.

Monday night's straw poll was the 11th conducted by a county Republican committee and Rubio has won them all.

The fact that Crist lost in Pinellas County, which he represented in the state Senate and where he's lived nearly all his life, can't be a good sign for Crist.

Straw polls are symbolic and carry no weight in the actual election, but do reflect growing support Rubio has with party conservatives.

And, as Crist often points out, they represent a small number of voters — Pinellas has nearly 220,000 Republicans and 4 million are registered statewide.

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