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Florida GOP calls ad attacking Dana Young a ‘smear piece,’ calls for Florida Dems to pull it

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The Republican Party of Florida is taking umbrage with attacks on Majority Leader Dana Young, even calling for federal elections officials to step in. Young faces Democrat Bob Buesing in the Senate District 18 election. The district is seen as one of a few Democrats can pick up across the state, and Democrats and other outside groups have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking the Tampa Republican. In a recent ad, the state party tries to tie Young to…

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More than 5.7 million have voted in Florida

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Democrats continue to hold a lead over Republicans in pre-election totals, fueled in large part by big turnout during the early voting period. State figures released Saturday morning show nearly 2.3 million Democrats and nearly 2.3 million Republicans have voted by mail or in person during the early voting period. Democrats have returned 7,280 more ballots than their GOP counterparts. Nearly 1.1 million no party affiliation voters have already voted. According to the Division of Elections, more than 5.7 million…

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Democrats take the lead in pre-Election Day votes

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Florida Democrats have surpassed Republicans in pre-election totals, aided in large part by turnout during the early voting period. Data compiled by the Florida Chamber of Commerce show nearly 2.1 million Democrats and nearly 2.1 million Republicans have already voted this election cycle. According to the Chamber data, Democrats now lead Republicans by a margin of about 2,600 votes. Democrats still trail Republicans in the vote-by-mail race, returning 919,091 ballots. Registered Republicans have returned 988,579 ballots, giving them a vote-by-mail…

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Florida Democrats accuse Ross Spano of sexism for questioning Rena Frazier’s experience

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The Florida Democratic Party is accusing Ross Spano of sexism after the Dover Republican sent out a mailer questioning the experience of Rena Frazier, his Democratic opponent in the House District 59 race. The front of the mailer in question reads, “Important Message: Turn This Card over to learn more about Rena Frazier’s experience.” The flip side shows a mock resume, with the word “IINSUFFICIENT” stamped across the page, with nothing underneath it. A message at the bottom reads, “Our community is too precious to…

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National Senate Republicans raise $1M, much going to Florida GOP

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A fundraising arm of the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised nearly $1 million the first 19 days of October, with a good chunk of that money heading to the Republican Party of Florida. The NRSC Targeted State Victory Committee took in $998,000 during the reporting period, including $383,000 from Houston Texans owner Robert McNair and $100,000 from Bloomin’ Brands, the Tampa-based parent company of Outback Steakhouse. The committee gave $910,000 of that money to the RPOF, while $270,000 headed to…

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Democrats want judge to put in new voting rules for Florida

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Florida Democrats, expressing worries that voters could be disenfranchised, want a federal judge to impose new election rules some state officials are warning could create chaos. The Florida Democratic Party this week asked U.S. District Judge Mark Walker to order state election officials to allow people to cast a ballot during early voting even if their registration application has not yet been verified. Democrats made this unusual request, which was first reported by POLITICO Florida, after saying that some election…

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Marco Rubio to speak at Florida GOP annual dinner

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Sen. Marco Rubio will be taking the stage at the 2016 Republican Party of Florida’s “Victory Dinner.” The state GOP announced Tuesday Rubio will speak at the annual event. Rubio, who is running for re-election, will join Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, in addressing the gathering. “I am honored by the opportunity to speak at this year’s Republican Party of Florida Victory Dinner,” said Rubio in a statement. “As we near the end of this election…

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