Florida Governor (2006)
|John Wayne Smith||IND||15,987||0.3%|
U.S. President: Florida (2008)
|Gloria La Riva||SOC||1,516||0%|
Nov 1, 2010
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Lean-D (was Toss-up)
Oct 31, 2010
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Lean-R (was Toss-up)
Oct 19, 2010
Fla. Rivals In Dead Heat
What I came away with most during my two-day visit to Tallahassee last week is that Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink are two flawed candidates in a dead heat. Scott seems to be a better and more relaxed campaigner, but he has serious baggage from his former stint as CEO of a hospital chain that paid a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud. If "change" is the operative word in Florida, Scott, the anti-politician/first-time candidate/Tea Party favorite, wins. If it's about ethics and trustworthiness, Sink wins. -Ken Rudin
Sep 1, 2010
It's Sink Or Scott In Sunshine State
Incumbent Charlie Crist, elected as a Republican in 2006, is leaving the race to run for the Senate as an independent.
Republicans received a shock in their Aug. 24 primary, as the establishment candidate, state Attorney General Bill McCollum, fell to millionaire businessman Rick Scott. The primary was a nasty affair, as Scott portrayed McCollum as a "politics as usual" example of the status quo, while McCollum pointed out that Scott had been the CEO of a hospital chain that was hit with a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud. Sitting back and enjoying the fracas was the Democratic nominee, Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer (an elected position). If Sink wins, she'll be the state's first female governor and the first Democrat to win the office since 1994, when Lawton Chiles was re-elected.
Sink got good news late in the summer when Chiles' son, Bud, ended his independent candidacy, which had threatened to split the Democratic vote. For Scott to win, he's going to have to move his party past the bitterness that it experienced in the primary.
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