Florida Republicans Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio are leading their closest Democrat competitors in hypothetical general election matchups, according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll published Tuesday.

The poll, conducted January 26 to 29 among 500 likely voters, found DeSantis leading Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) by six points, 49 percent to 43 percent. Eight percent of respondents said they were undecided on whom they would choose.

Crist, the frontrunning Democrat candidate, previously served as Florida governor — as a Republican — for one term until 2011. Instead of running for reelection, he launched a bid for U.S. Senate in 2010 and was handily defeated by Rubio. Crist soon thereafter announced he was becoming a Democrat and then ran for governor in 2014 as a Democrat and lost.

Crist was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017 in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, a toss-up district that former President Donald Trump narrowly lost by less than five points in both 2016 and 2020. (Read More Here…)

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