In the Republican primary, Crist is trailing badly in public opinion surveys to state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who is riding the energy of the national tea party movement. Crist has until April 30 to decide whether to appear on the Republican primary ballot or to run instead with no party affiliation on the general election ballot.Let's hear from the guy whose pre-emptive endorsement doomed Crist:
A new Quinnipiac poll that we cited earlier today lays out Crist’s options in stark terms: The governor trails Rubio by a large margin — 56% to 33% — in the Republican primary, but as an independent, Crist narrowly leads in a three-way matchup that includes expected Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek.
The three-way numbers: Crist, 32%; Rubio, 30%; Meek, 24%. The poll’s margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.
But with Crist now trailing badly in the polls – and rumors intensifying that he will abandon the GOP primary fight – Cornyn says the governor will face an intense backlash from the Republican establishment if he runs as an independent.Hey, how about the end of your career, Mr. Cornyn?
“I would think that would be the end of his political career as a Republican,” Cornyn, chairman of the NRSC, told POLITICO. “So I doubt that will happen. My hope is that this is all resolved in the Republican primary by Florida voters.”