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Charlie Crist waits for winner of David Jolly v. Mark Bircher GOP primary

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He’s been Florida’s Republican governor, was considered a potential vice presidential candidate and almost became a U.S. Senator. But Charlie Crist is aiming a bit lower for his political comeback in 2016, running for the U.S. House after switching his party to Democrat. The always smiling, always suntanned Crist is running against U.S. Rep. David Jolly in a redrawn district including his hometown of St. Petersburg, following a redistricting process widely seen as eroding advantages of incumbents and possibly allowing…

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Marco Rubio, Patrick Murphy look confident before Florida’s Senate primary

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Republican Sen. Marco Rubio and Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy are campaigning as if Tuesday’s primary was already over and they won their parties’ nominations for U.S. Senate. And it may be for good reason. Rubio’s main challenger, Carlos Beruff, appeared to throw in the towel, essentially shutting down the campaign he’d sunk $8 million of his own money into. And Murphy’s main challenger, U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, has been damaged by ethics and domestic abuse allegations, leaving Murphy to focus…

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Marco Rubio schedules four city campaign swing ahead of primary

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Marco Rubio is making a final push to the primary. Rubio will meet with activists and volunteers to rally support ahead of Tuesday’s primary. “I look forward to meeting with supporters throughout the state of Florida on Monday,” said Rubio in a statement. “The final days leading up to the primary are the most crucial and I am excited to talk to voters about why I am the clear choice to serve as Florida’s U.S. Senator.” Rubio will kick off…

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Marco Rubio calls for lawmakers to pass Zika funding bill

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Marco Rubio said Congress should immediately pass a bill to help combat the spread of Zika when it returns to work next month. “Our job is to make sure the funding is available to not only fight Zika, but to get a vaccine,” said Rubio during a stop in Fort Myers on Wednesday. Rubio said House and Senate leaders should have called lawmakers back to Washington, D.C. to approve a Zika funding bill. The Senate passed a bipartisan $1.1 billion…

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Patrick Murphy campaign gets million-dollar boost, as father cuts check to Senate super PAC

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Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy received another financial bump to his U.S. Senate campaign this week in the form of a million-dollar check from his father to a Senate super PAC. The Hill reports Florida homebuilder Thomas Murphy gave $1 million to the Senate Majority PAC, the largest donation the Harry Reid-linked committee received in July. The elder Murphy had also made a six-figure super PAC contribution supporting his son’s successful 2012 congressional campaign. Two days after the July donation, Senate Majority…

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Retailers, health care gives Rick Scott committee big boost in August

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The political committee backing Gov. Rick Scott has raised $135,000 in the second week of August, according to newly filed reports. Since Aug. 6, “Let’s Get to Work” brought in $50,000 apiece from Sovereign Healthcare Disbursements and Wal-Mart, with an additional $25,000 coming from the Florida Retail Federation and $10,000 coming from Bradenton-based BI Services. The income was offset by just $3,500 in expenditures between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, including $1,882 in printing expenses to Gandy Printers and $1,565…

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Marco Rubio campaign reports raising more than $3 million since July 1

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Add another $3 million to Marco Rubio’s campaign coffers. The Rubio campaign announced it had raised $3.25 million since July 1, boosting the total raised to $5.5 million since announcing he was running for re-election in late June. The Miami Republican, according to the campaign, had $4.6 million in the bank as of Aug. 10. Rubio faces Carlos Beruff in the Aug. 30 U.S. Senate primary. According to campaign finance documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, Beruff has loaned…

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