Marco Rubio has overtaken Jeb Bush among Florida Republicans, as he benefits from positive reviews of his performance in the most recent presidential debate.
A Florida Atlantic University poll to be released Wednesday shows Rubio, the state’s junior senator, is in second place in the Republican primary field in Florida. His political mentor, former Gov. Jeb Bush, is in third place.
Donald Trump, the real estate investor, former reality TV show host and part-time Palm Beach resident, is in first place among Florida Republicans, as he is nationally.
“Marco Rubio being that far ahead of Jeb Bush is surprising,” said Kevin Wagner, an associate professor of political science at FAU and a research fellow at the university’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative. “Some of the early Florida polling suggested that Bush was in a stronger position.”