First, conservative Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio handed Charlie Crist embarrassment after embarrassment by obliterating Crist in numerous straw polls across Florida, confirming that Florida's conservative Republican base overwhelmingly prefers Rubio to Crist as their nominee, no matter what the DC GOP establishment and NRSC might try to dictate to Florida Republicans.
Second, Rubio shattered expectations by raising about a million dollars in the third fundraising quarter of 2009, demonstrating his campaign's viability.
And now, them polls are tightening:
|August 2009||October 2009|
In just two months, according to Rasmussen, Rubio cut Crist's lead by about one-third and pulled Crist under 50%. But maybe that's not enough data points for you.
|February 2009||April 2009||June 2009||August 2009||October 2009|
According to Quinnipiac, in two-month intervals between February and October, Crist's lead over Rubio has sunk from 50 to 46 to 31 to 29 to 15.
Crist should be awfully worried. And he is. He is going to lose the 2010 Republican Senate primary to conservative underdog Marco Rubio.