A new poll has found that Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s campaign for the U.S. Senate is currently in deep trouble. The new Rasmussen poll of likely GOP voters found Crist and his Republican opponent, Marco Rubio, are tied with 43 percent of the vote. This is a huge swing from just a few months ago when most experts believed Crist would win in a landslide.

While Crist’s numbers have been in an almost free fall, Rubio’s name recognition amongst Republicans has rapidly grown. The new poll found 34 percent of GOP voters now view Rubio “very favorably.” In the same poll in August, Rubio’s “very favorable” ratings were at 18 percent.

On the flip side, Crist’s numbers have fallen off a cliff. Only 19 percent of likely GOP voters have a “very favorable” opinion of the governor. According to Rasmussen, that’s a double-digit decline since August.

Crist’s precipitous drops in favorability ratings are tied to Rubio’s ability to link Crist and President Barack Obama, who is loathed by many GOP voters. Rubio has repeatedly hammered Crist’s decision to support the president’s $787 billion stimulus bill. The irony though is Rubio has admitted he would have accepted the stimulus money as well, but Rubio adds that Crist’s problem was he supported it from the beginning which Rubio said he wouldn’t have done. [Now that’s comforting.]

via Rubio Pulls Even With Crist In Senate Race – cbs4.com.