Florida incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio is shockingly down by four points to challenger in new poll

Americans are justifiably leery of polls and a new one from the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab is sure to be doubted as it shows Sen. Marco Rubio down by four points to his Democratic challenger, Rep. Val Demings.

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Rubio is a strong conservative who is popular in Florida, especially at a time when Democrats across the board are about as palatable to Americans as Rep. Liz Cheney was in the GOP primary in Wyoming this week. With disastrous economic and social policies run amok among Democrats, it is hard to believe Rubio is trailing one in the conservative state of Florida.

However, the poll also shows Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis handily beating both of his Democratic challengers. It should be noted that the assessment is a no-brainer as the high-profile conservative is all but unstoppable in his bid for reelection. Rubio is the more vulnerable of the two and the poll has the feel of a political hit job to many.

Per the poll, Demings is leading Rubio 48 to 44 percent, with 7 percent of voters claiming they would support another candidate. DeSantis is leading both Democrats in the race, Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried and Rep. Charlie Crist.

The Democratic primary in Florida will be held on August 23rd. Demings will almost certainly snag a win in the primary, but the contest between Crist and Fried seems to be a toss-up. Crist has consistently led in the polls but this new poll has Fried leading him 47 to 43 percent.

In the new poll, in the race against DeSantis, Fried wins 43 percent of the vote, while Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida turned Democrat, wins 42 percent of the vote.

DeSantis is massively popular not only in Florida but across the nation and rumors have it he may be former President Trump’s pick for VP on the 2024 presidential ticket. The Florida governor is fearless and was outspoken against the FBI following the unprecedented raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence.

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Rubio receives 89 percent of GOP support, while Demings, the former chief of police in Orlando and current congresswoman, receives 94 percent support from Democrats in the poll.

Despite the media claiming that Rubio’s support among Republicans has slipped, looking at the numbers, that does not appear to be much of a factor. And remember, we are still in the primaries, not the actual midterm election. Hype runs amok during this portion of the election, especially among Democrats.

The poll also shows that Demings is leading among unaffiliated voters with 46 percent support, compared to Rubio’s 36 percent.

Democrats are drooling over the possibility of Rubio losing because it would help increase their power in the Senate. But they might want to hold off on popping the cork on the champagne bottle just yet. Not only is it extremely conceivable that Rubio will win the race, but Democrats also stand on the edge of a political abyss when it comes to the midterm elections. They will more than likely get stomped across the country due to Biden’s untenable policies, crushing inflation, actions by the thuggish DOJ and FBI, taxation, climate change, and a whole laundry list of horrific things being forced on Americans by the left.

One indicator that the poll is wonky is that it shows Biden with a 38 percent approval rating in the state. Even that abysmal number is too high for a president whose tenure has been nothing short of catastrophic.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.4 percent and was conducted between August 8th and the 12th among 1,624 registered voters. The survey for the Florida Senate race sampled 1,534 registered voters.

Florida’s Senate race is considered one of the most competitive for the midterms this year and has been rated as “lean Republican” by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

Elizabeth Gregory, who is the spokeswoman for the Rubio campaign, gave a statement to Fox News Digital reacting to the poll.

“This is Florida, and we’ve always said it would be a tight race,” she asserted. “This is a choice between Marco’s proven record of results and Val Demings, who votes 100% of the time for Pelosi’s failed agenda. Given that choice, we are more than confident that we will win.”

“The more Florida voters know about Chief Demings, the more they like her,” Demings’ spokesperson Christian Slater also told Fox News Digital. “That’s why we are laser-focused on aggressively introducing her to every corner of the state and bringing our message to every community. And our grassroots fundraising makes it possible. While Marco Rubio desperately begs for donations on Fox News, Chief Demings is building a campaign fueled by supporters who are fired up and ready to defeat a career politician who doesn’t show up for work.”

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