If Gov. Charlie Crist runs for Senate as an independent, a new poll says the contest would be close.
that he's thinking of dropping his GOP affiliation, but he trails Marco Rubio badly (by 20+ percentage points
) in the Republican primary. And Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson reports
that, according to Quinnipiac, the race would be a virtual dead heat if it included Rubio on the Republican ticket, Crist as an independent, and Rep. Kendrick Meek (who would trail by six to eight points) as the Democrat: