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Erick Erickson Compares Jane Norton To Charlie Crist, Suggests Weakness On Immigration

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National conservative leader and avowed Ken Buck supporter Erick Erickson once again weighed in on Colorado's Republican Senate Primary on Monday, comparing candidate Jane Norton to Florida moderate Charlie Crist, and suggesting she's unreliable on immigration.

Erickson, a CNN pundit and founder of the influential conservative blog, has established himself as a powerful brand within the Republican party, rallying on-line support for insurgent right wing candidates around the country.

Erickson endorsed Ken Buck for Senate in February, lauding him as a "true conservative." Buck, who began his campaign with little name recognition or money, as since won victories over his well-known rival, Jane Norton, at the party caucuses and assemblies.

The latest head-to-head public polling shows Norton with a slim 5-point lead over Buck.

Among the first candidates to gain Erickson's endorsement was former Speaker of the Florida State House Marco Rubio, who has since turned a fledgling senatorial campaign into a juggernaut. Rubio, a favorite of the party's right wing, ultimately forced the erstwhile front-runner, moderate Repiblican governor Charlie Crist, to run as an independent.

Crist has since become a pariah to conservative Republicans.

On Monday, Erickson wrote that Jane Norton's rhetoric reminded him of Crist's. Addressing Norton's recent comments that she stands the best chance of winning a general election, Erickson said:

Electability? That's what Charlie Crist said for a year -- "Rubio can't win the general election, so vote for me." It won't work for Norton any more than it will work for Crist.

This is not to say, however, that Norton is horrible like Crist. She's not. But she is falling back on the same talking point. What's more, she's also signaling that she'll capitulate on comprehensive immigration reform.