Marco Rubio is Florida's Choice in the Veepstakes
A poll released by Quinnipiac University on Thursday offers a snapshot of whom voters in the pivotal battleground of Florida hope Mitt Romney, the overwhelming favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, chooses as his running mate -- and a plurality of voters want favorite son U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on the ticket.
Qunnipiac included the following Republican vice presidential possibilities in their poll of the three states: U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota who was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin who is best known for leading the House Budget Committee.
Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said that most of the candidates remained unknown outside their immediate area and the poll shows that states are rallying behind favorite sons.
"When it comes to picking a Republican running mate, geography is the coin of the realm,” Brown said on Thursday. “In Ohio, a quarter of voters say home state Senatoe Rob Portman would be the best choice, while four in 10 Floridians say that about their senator, Marco Rubio. In Pennsylvania, almost a third favor neighboring Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.”
The poll shows that a plurality of Florida voters hope Romney selects Rubio for the ticket. This would mark the first time a Floridian would be chosen on a major presidential ticket.
Rubio is the choice of 40 percent of those surveyed, while Christie places second in the Sunshine State with 14 percent. Ryan takes third with 7 percent followed by Jindal with 6 percent, while Pawlenty and Portman garner 4 percent apiece. Ayotte lags behind with 2 percent. While 21 percent said they knew who Romney should select, 3 percent supported other candidates for the job.
The poll of 1,169 Florida voters was taken from April 25 through May 1 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percent.