The new ballots for November elections are out in Florida and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Marco Rubio is listed at the top of the ballot.
According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times:
Under state law in general elections, partisan candidates are listed first, starting with the candidate of the party controlling the governor’s office. That puts Republican Marco Rubio at the top of the Senate ballot, followed by Democrat Kendrick Meek (Crist was a Republican when he was elected governor in 2006, so he contributed to Rubio’s name being listed first).
Even Crist couldn’t get his ballot placement slot correct ballot in the interview.
“It’s an issue, obviously,” Gov. Crist said.
Some Florida voters soon will see the crowded ballot, with tens of thousands of overseas and military ballots going into the mail Thursday. County elections offices will start mailing absentee ballots Monday.
Crist said Wednesday he didn’t think the placement of his name on the ballot was cause for concern, but even he was not correct about its location.
“We’re going to be listed eighth on the ballot as an independent,” he said. “So if you want independence go to eight.”
Only, it’s nine.
Rubio currently holds a double-digit lead over Crist in the race, some polls have Rubio’s lead as high as 16 percentage points.
Rubio is another candidate the Washington establishment told us couldn’t win if Crist ran as an independent.