Charlie Crist Loses Poll In His Home County

Among the many indignities Gov. Charlie Crist has faced over the last several rocky months, this one hit home.

Republican Party activists in his own county of Pinellas, many of whom have been campaigning alongside Crist for years, on Monday overwhelmingly declared that they prefer Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate. The 106-54 "straw poll" vote is officially meaningless, but it's a symbolic blow for Crist.

After all, many of the people lining up to cast secret ballots against Crist on Monday night at Tucson's restaurant were the party activists who know him best.
Granted, straw polling is essentially meaningless. But, as Marc Ambinder reminds us, Mitt Romney won Iowa's straw poll in 2007. However, the problem is that this particular straw poll was in Crist's home county -- and it never looks good to be the 'hometown favorite' and get beaten.