Marco Rubio has maintained he will not seek re-election in Florida for the U.S. Senate. A recent poll shows nearly half of likely general election voters support Rubio seeking re-election. File Photo by Johnny Louis/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, June 6 (UPI) -- A Florida poll shows nearly half of voters want Marco Rubio to run for re-election to the Senate despite his rejection for the idea after dropping out of the presidential race.
In a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey, 49 percent of voters said Rubio should run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, while 39 percent said he shouldn't.
Seventy-seven percent of Republican voters favored a Rubio re-election campaign, along with 48 percent of Independents. Sixty-two percent of Democrats opposed the idea.
Rubio has maintained he will not seek re-election.
About 43 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republican voters in Florida remain undecided as to who to vote for in their Senate primaries, Politico reports.
In Democratic primary contest polling, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy leads Florida Rep. Alan Grayson 31 percent to 23 percent, respectively. Pam Keith has about 3 percent of support from Democrats.
In Republican primary contest polling, businessman Carlos Beruff leads the five-person race with 17 percent of support, followed by Florida Rep. David Jolly's 13 percent, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis' 10 percent, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera's 9 percent and defense contractor Todd Wilcox's 2 percent.
The Mason-Dixon poll surveyed 625 voters in Florida who would likely cast ballots in the general election and oversampled 400 Republicans and 400 Democrats for the Senate survey. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percent.