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Friday, Oct 31, 2014

William March

Tribune Staff

Polls: Florida governor race remains a toss-up

- Two new polls out Thursday appeared to show the Florida governor’s race is still a toss-up.

Scott, Crist each see victory in record early vote

- Democratic strategists for Charlie Crist and Republican strategists for Gov. Rick Scott both say the early voting numbers favor their man.

Ad Watch: Scott, Crist ads feature records on women

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­­— As the heated governor’s race draws to a close, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are fighting over votes with ads accusing each other of acting against the int...

Clinton visits Tampa for Crist; Christie stumps for Scott

- His voice hoarse from a day of campaigning in Florida, former President Bill Clinton, revered by Democrats as their elder statesman, roused a crowd of about 1,000 at an early voting rally for Charlie Crist in Tampa.

Crist wooing voters with a populist approach

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­­— With the campaign for Florida governor entering its final days, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist is increasing his emphasis on issues of economic populism and i...

Sanctions at issue as Scott skips deposition in records suit

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­­— On the same day Gov. Rick Scott declined to appear for a deposition in a legal case over his private email account, backers of Charlie Crist held a news conferenc...

Clinton coming to Tampa to campaign with Crist

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Poll: Scott, Crist in dead heat in governor’s race

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­­— The third new poll in two days shows a dead heat in the race for governor between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Q poll shows Crist-Scott tie

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The third new poll in two days shows a dead heat in the race for governor between incumbent Republican Rick Scott and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist.

Scott says he may spend his own money

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Facing a deadlock in polls in the governor’s race after spending more than $60 million on television advertising, more than twice opponent Charlie Crist’s total, Gov. Rick Scott says he may put his own mone...

CNN’s Tapper seeks direct answers from Crist, Scott

- Jake Tapper, moderator of tonight’s final debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, says he hopes to “knock them off their talking points” and insist on direct answers to direct questions.

Tapper wants to press for direct answers in CNN debate

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GOP women slam Crist for taking strip club money

- The women said little when asked about contributions made to Gov. Rick Scott by businesses linked to scamming consumers

Tom Slade in critical condition

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Crist calls changes in position evolution, foes call them flipping

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It may be the most damaging rap against Charlie Crist: He’s a shape-shifter whose positions on issues change with the political wind.

Charitable giving by Scott, wife, drops significantly

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­­— According to tax returns he released this week, Gov. Rick Scott and his wife gave 0.8 percent of ...

Scott giving himself $20m?

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Crist runs ad on Fangate

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Debate sponsor: Crist's electric fan broke the rules

- The Charlie Crist campaign broke the agreed-upon rules of Wednesday night's debate with Gov. Rick Scott by putting a fan under Crist’s podium, according to the Florida Press Association.

Gelber: Debate sponsors agreed to the fan

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AP: Jeb Bush says wife “supportive” of presidential run

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More polls: A tie, Crist up 1.1%

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Jeb cuts an ad for Scott, Fasano for Crist

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a television ad

Scott accuses Crist of launching “brain drain” over Bright Futures

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Polls: Scott edges up

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Several new polls suggest Rick Scott may be edging up in the neck-and-neck race with Charlie Crist, but one shows Crist holding a narrow lead. The numbers:

Jill Biden, Crist running mate talk college affordability in Tampa

- Aiming his governor's campaign at young voters who helped elect Barack Obama, Charlie Crist campaigned with Vice President Joe Biden at a South Florida college while Biden's wife, Jill Biden, appeared with Annette Taddeo a...

Crist ‘overhaul’ of utility panel easier said than done

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As outrage increases over electric rates, particularly in Charlie Crist’s home county of Pinellas, Crist is promising that if elected governor, he’ll...

Several polls show Crist edging ahead

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Unopposed in last election, Rep. Ross now faces former TV reporter

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ญญ— U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, a fixture in Polk County Republican politics for nearly 30 years, has drawn a challenge from Democratic newcomer Alan Cohn, a fixture on local televisi...

Ross rakes in financial services money to top Cohn in fund raising

- In the competition to fund the U.S. House District 15 campaigns, Democrat Alan Cohn is a substantial underdog with less than a third as much money as Republican incumbent Dennis Ross.

Crist’s Kitchen Table Tour hits New Tampa

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Annette Taddeo, Charlie Crist’s running mate in the Florida governor’s race, visited Kathy Wiley in New Tampa on Monday to talk about health care...

Schale says Crist regains momentum; GOP differs

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Ad Watch: Party change doesn’t explain all Crist’s flips

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­­— A new Republican Party ad challenges Democratic candidate for governor...

Castor asks federal investigation of Florida “bar” on rights restoration

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is seeking an investigation

Polls conflict in governor’s race

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Ad Watch: GOP 'Obamacare' claims too vague to verify

- The GOP has launched another ad to attack Democratic challenger Charlie Crist — this time over his support for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, but doesn't back up its claims.

GOP, Scott stonewall on trackers at Crist fundraiser

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Poll: Governor’s race close, but attack ads hurting Crist

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­­— Another poll, this one by Quinnipiac University, shows the race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, too c...

Ad Watch: Crist, Scott overstate damage other did to economy

- Charlie Crist is blasting Gov. Rick Scott over new U.S. Census research showing incomes in Florida have stagnated despite Scott’s claims he’s improving the state’s job and economic picture.

Ad Watch: Scott falsely tars Crist over Rothstein scandal

- Former Gov. Charlie Crist’s close relationship with convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein is creating a vulnerability for Crist in the Florida governor’s race, but ads by Gov. Rick Scott exploiting the issue a...

Cohn snares a Kennedy for funder

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Crist outlines small business plan

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Crist: Morgan “not interested” in judgeship

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In the aftermath of an embarrassing video of Orlando superlawyer and medical marijuana backer John Morgan making an extempore, profane and apparently somewhat inebriated speech in a Polk County bar, Republican critics ha...

Scott, losing with women voters, courts them in Tampa

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­­— Facing potential problems among women voters, Gov. Rick Scott held a campaign event in Tampa on Tuesday aimed squarely at women, particularly women business owners...

Crist talks of end-run for Medicaid expansion

- Charlie Crist says he believes a Florida governor could bypass the Legislature to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act, and he might do so if elected.

With early lead gone, Crist campaign tries to rebound

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­­— During the past 18 months, Charlie Crist has dropped from a

Job concerns linger in Florida, USF survey finds

- Jobs and the economy remain the most important issues facing Florida, though they’re declining dramatically as the economy improves, according to a new survey of adults by the University of South Florida.

Ad Watch: Crist hits Scott on abortion, exposing his own shifting stand

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­­— Seeking to exploit his advantage over Gov. Rick Scott among women voters, Charlie Crist is launching a new ad...

Crist give Florida Dems $2.5 million

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$2.5 million donation