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Charlie Crist: Has Such a Popular Candidate Ever Been So Unpopular?

Let me explain. Surveys show that Charlie Crist is one of the nation's most popular governors. Polls show that he has a huge, possibly insurmountable lead in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Yet straw polls show that Republican activists prefer underdog Marco Rubio. And some of the state's most high-profile Republicans, like Jeb Bush and Mark Foley, are trying to kneecap his campaign with public comments about how Rubio is a legitimate contender, even if that's only because they're trying so hard to promote him.

Rubio doesn't have official endorsements from those two, but this week, he's added one from Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite of Lakeland.

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