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Charlie Crist HAS thrown the knockout punch

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My argument (first said here on Florida News) for the last two weeks has been that Charlie Crist, by launching an early media blitz and a statewide bus tour, announcing Martinez’s endorsement, etc., has already won the race to be the Republican nominee for governor. A new poll bears out my theory that Crist has already thrown a knockout punch.

“In a Republican primary, Attorney General Charlie Crist wins the nomination for Governor, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted for WFLA-TV Tampa, WFOR-TV Miami, WKRG-TV Pensacola, WPTV-TV West Palm Beach, and WTLV-TV Jacksonville. 12 weeks from the 9/5/06 Primary, Crist gets 52%, to 21% for Florida CFO Tom Gallagher. Crist leads all demographic groups. Gallagher does relatively best among young voters, liberals, and those who disapprove of President Bush.

This fight is over. Tom Gallagher just doesn’t know it yet.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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