Jeb again leads Rubio in latest Florida poll

Jeb 2016 logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

There is more good news for the Jeb Bush camp today as the latest poll in his home state shows he has a commanding lead over fellow Floridian Marco Rubio (see Florida poll: Jeb Bush takes big lead over Marco Rubio by Marc Caputo in Politico):

Jeb Bush holds a commanding lead over Sen. Marco Rubio among registered Florida Republicans, who have soured on the senator since he announced his presidential bid in April, a new poll shows.

In the crowded GOP field, Bush leads the second-place Rubio 28 to 16 percent in their home state, according to Mason Dixon Polling & Research’s survey. In Mason-Dixon’s poll three months ago, Rubio was essentially tied with Bush 31 to 30 percent.

It is the first poll taken in Florida since Donald Trump attacked Senator John McCain for not being a hero just because he spent five years in a prisoner of war camp:

“This is the first Florida poll taken entirely since Trump’s remarks regarding John McCain’s Vietnam War service. His 11% showing in Florida is far below his support in recent national polls. This could be the result of the home state advantage of both Bush and Rubio,” Coker wrote. “However, the fact that Walker has slipped ahead of him may be a stronger sign that his candidacy is fading. Furthermore, there is a clear ceiling that Trump has among Florida Republicans. When asked if they are considering a vote for Trump, a large majority (58%) said they were not. Only 27% gave an indication that Trump was under their serious consideration.”

Politico continued:

This is the second troubling poll for Rubio this week. On Sunday, a Bendixen & Amandi International poll of Republican voters in Miami-Dade County – Florida’s most populous and the home base of the two GOP frontrunners – showed Bush ahead of Rubio 35 to 25 percent. That poll was underwritten by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald.

“Here’s what’s really shocking: Bush is leading Rubio 43 percent to 31 percent among Cuban-American Republicans in Miami-Dade,” pollster Fernand Amandi told POLITICO. “Marco is Cuban-American. Jeb isn’t. That’s a real serious problem for Rubio.”

The Florida winner-take-all primary is March 15, 2016.

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