Nan Rich is confident in run for Florida Gov., despite being “only” six points behind Scott

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Nan Rich remains confident she will become Florida’s first female governor, despite the Democrat running six points behind Republican Gov. Rick Scott, according to a story in Creative Loafing’s Daily Loaf.

In an appearance Friday at a Tampa Bay Tiger Club event, Rich is optimistic of her chances to beat Scott. A recent Quinnipiac Poll puts her losing to Scott 42-36 percent.

For now, Rich is the only serious declared Democrat in the race; although strong rumors persist that Charlie Crist will officially join the contest. Former gubernatorial candidate Alex sink is also considering another run; she told reporters that she would make a final decision by September.

Rich told the audience that although she is behind in the polls, it is certainly possible for her to overcome the deficit.  She cited three former Florida governors who came from behind to win their campaigns: Reuben Askew, Lawton Chiles and Bob Graham. Graham began his successful run for governor in 1978 with only 3 percent recognition.

“I think it’s amazing that I’m only down six points,” Rich said Friday, “I feel really kind of good because I haven’t got any ads up, or talked about anybody’s record.”

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.