A shot-and-chaser for Rick Scott and why he’s losing with female voters

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Here’s a quick shot-and-chaser for Florida Governor Rick Scott.

SHOT: Claims of a large number of rapes and sexual assaults on college campuses are a “lie” and are being overly dramatized by Democrats for votes, a prominent conservative speaker told more than 700 people at a Sarasota rally aimed at getting out the vote in the governor’s race, reports Jeremy Wallace of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Conservative radio host Dennis Prager said on Tuesday night that, much like the so called “war on women” in politics, the “culture of rape” on college campuses is a big lie. … Sarasota Republican Party chairman Joe Gruters … distanced himself from the remarks, saying rape and sexual assaults on college campuses are a serious issue. “And it should never have been part of a political discussion at the rally,” Gruters said.

CHASER: A poll released Thursday gives Democrat Charlie Crist a 14-point edge with female voters over Gov. Scott as they head into the frantic final days of this year’s campaign.

I don’t expect that shot-and-chaser to go down very easily.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.