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Poll: Rubio Passes Jeb for Second Place in Florida

It is no secret that former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush is struggling in the polls, so much so that he is now ranked third in Florida.

THe latest primary poll by Florida Atlantic University had Donald Trump in first with 31.5 percent, Marco Rubio in second with 19.2, and Bush trailing in at third with 11.3 percent.

“Marco Rubio being that far ahead of Jeb Bush is surprising,” Kevin Wagner, an associate professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, told The Sun Sentinel. “Some of the early Florida polling suggested that Bush was in a stronger position.”

The Hill reports:

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson checks in fourth in FAU’s sampling, with 10.3 percent support, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina follows at 8.3 percent.

The poll, taken after last week’s Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif., surveyed 352 likely Republican primary voters in Florida from Sept. 17-20 with a 5.2 percent margin of error.

Bush is trying to hold off Rubio for third place in national polls, behind Trump and Carson.

The former governor takes 7.8 percent support in a RealClearPolitics average of national surveys, ahead of Rubio’s 7.3 percent.

Trump leads the RealClearPolitics average with 28.5 percent, and Carson sits in second with 18.8 percent.

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