The race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat remains a virtual tie between no-party candidates and current Gov. Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, according to a poll released Thursday by Rasmussen Reports. Whether the Democratic nominee is Rep. Kendrick Meek or Jeff Greene, Rubio has a small lead over Crist by 3 and 4 points, respectively — however, the margin of error in the poll was +/- 4.5 points, making the lead statistically insignificant. The Democrats remain solidly in third place, as many Democrats appear to be supporting Crist as the most viable candidate in what has largely been a two-man race.

As state Sen. Mike Bennett (R-Bradenton) looks to introduce a law next Senate session mimicking the Arizona immigration law, Rasmussen found that voters would support such a measure by almost a two-to-one margin. (Those levels were similar to a national poll that asked respondents whether they would support such a law in their state.) Sixty percent of Floridians oppose the Justice Department’s lawsuit against S.B. 1070, while only 28 percent are in favor of it.

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