Posted by Brad @ 2:49 pm on December 22nd 2009

Leading Cuban Republicans Pull Crist Endorsement

Two endorsements that actually matter, as with them likely goes the Cuban-American Republican bloc.

U.S. Reps Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami have pulled their endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S. Senate.

Lincoln offered few details as to why, just that Crist had “left us no alternative and he knows why.”

He said the withdrawal has nothing to do with Crist’s slumping poll numbers, and in fact, the decision was made weeks ago. But their names were only recently pulled off Crist’s webpage. He said the two Miami Republicans are unlikely to endorse anyone else in the race.

The surprising decision is the latest bit of bad news to sack Crist, whose poll numbers have dropped as opponent Marco Rubio surged. The withdrawn endorsement is doubly surprising, considering the closeness between Crist and Mario Diaz-Balart. The two served together in the Florida Senate and were always chummy.

This on the heels of his wrapped-up institutional support in the state slowly unwrapping as more and more county chairs are pulling their endorsements as well, not wanting to be on the wrong side of a Scozzafaving.

Kos kind-of-kidding-but-not-really notes that Crist wins a general easy—but that he won’t win the primary. I think he’s right. Meaning, if Crist wants that Senate seat, he probably has to drop the R. Bad spot for Crist.

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