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Hillary Clinton warns a Tampa crowd that Donald Trump “can still win”

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Hillary Clinton celebrated her 69th birthday by giving a speech in downtown Tampa on Wednesday afternoon, just as the polls are getting tighter between herself and Donald Trump. Trump must win Florida to have any shot at getting the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency, but Clinton is also pushing hard to win in Florida, with three official campaign stops in the Sunshine State over the past two days. “Now, Donald Trump says he can still win, and he’s right, that’s why it’s…

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Two new polls show Marco Rubio still leads Patrick Murphy in Florida Senate race

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A series of recent polls have shown a tightening in the U.S. Senate race in Florida, but two new surveys released Wednesday show Marco Rubio still very much on command. A Bloomberg Politics poll has Rubio leading Patrick Murphy by one of the biggest margins yet, 51 percent to 41 percent. A Bay News 9/News 13 poll has the race closer, with Rubio leading Murphy, 45 percent to 41 percent. The Bloomberg poll surveyed 985 Florida registered voters from Oct. 21-24. The…

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Today on Context Florida: The case against Donald Trump, Hobson’s choice, Cuban political prisoners and Mark McKinnon

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Today on Context Florida: Darryl Paulson makes the case against Donald Trump. Paulson has been a Republican and a conservative his entire life, not an easy feat as a university professor, and he will never vote for Trump. Among the reasons, Paulson says Trump is neither conservative nor Republican, and his political views are much more aligned with Democrats than the GOP. And that’s not the most important reason. Bob Sparks says the Republican establishment is facing a serious quandary; essentially…

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Mark McKinnon says The Circus will evolve when the presidential race becomes a two-person contest

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Mark McKinnon is a man of many hats. Cowboy hats, that is, which is his signature look. He’s done a lot of things in his life, but he’ll probably always be best known for his association as an ad man for George W. Bush‘s presidential campaigns. He’s also the co-creator, co-executive producer and co-host of “The Circus,” a weekly Showtime documentary series on the presidential campaign. The show is a co-production between Showtime and Bloomberg Politics. FloridaPolitics.com spoke with McKinnon last week from Columbus,…

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Des Moines Register poll: Donald Trump captures top spot in Iowa

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With two days before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump leads among likely Republican caucus-goers, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday. Trump leads Ted Cruz in Iowa 28 percent to 23 percent. Marco Rubio is in third with 15 percent, followed by Ben Carson with 10 percent and Rand Paul with 5 percent. Fifty-five percent of likely Republican caucus-goers polled said their minds were made up; 45 percent of respondents said they could still be persuaded.…

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Showtime starting a weekly series on campaign

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Showtime is jumping into politics, announcing Tuesday that it will air a weekly documentary series giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the 2016 presidential campaign. “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth” will premiere the week before the Iowa caucus, which is scheduled for Feb. 1. Showtime has not yet determined its weekly airtime. Showtime is making it together with Bloomberg Politics, and it will be hosted by that company’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, along with campaign…

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Mike Murphy says there’s a ‘cynicism’ behind Marco Rubio campaign that will catch up with him

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Mike Murphy says there is a “cynicism” behind the Marco Rubio campaign that he says will ultimately doom the Florida senator’s presidential candidacy. “It’s cynical to run as the creature of new, fresh, while it’s all secret dark money, ” Murphy tells reporter Sasha Issenberg in the second part of a lengthy interview in Bloomberg Politics posted on Wednesday. Murphy, who heads Jeb Bush‘s super PAC Right to Rise, is referring to the fact that the ads that aired this summer calling on viewers…

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