Fla Guv Primary Winners: Sink (D) Scott (R)

Rick Scott

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, center, watches, with family and friends, televised election results for the Florida's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale. Wilfredo Lee/AP Photo hide caption

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Updated at 11:14 pm — Health care executive Rick Scott has been declared by several news organizations the winner of the Republican primary for Florida governor, beating Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Scott had 46 percent of the vote compared to McCollum's 43 percent.

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We're still waiting to see who wins Florida's Republican nomination for governor although if you're Rick Scott, the health-care entrepreneur, you probably like your chances better than Attorney General Bill McCollum likes his.

With more than 74 percent of the vote counted Scott has 46 percent of the vote counted versus McCollum, a former congressman who's at 43 percent. Scott has held that lead through the evening.

Scott, who was CEO of Columbia/HCA until he was forced out after a Medicare fraud scandal, has been a critic of President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul. A founder of Conservatives for Patients Rights, Scott boasted of helping to defeat Democratic efforts to include the public option.

The Democratic nominee is Alex Sink who is the Sunshine State's chief financial officer and a former Bank of America executive. She won with nearly 77 percent of the vote.



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