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Southern Political Report: Charlie Crist-Marco Rubio battle marks the GOP’s ideological divide

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Rush Limbaugh and Gen. Colin Powell campaign against each other on the airwaves. Yet there will be no settling the score between them at the ballot box. To decide their squabble about the definition and direction of the Republican Party, proxies will stand in next year in Florida’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate. Moderate Gov. Charlie Crist is the prohibitive favorite, of course. He has long since made the watershed rite of passage necessary to make his name known to…

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Huff Post: GOP’s other Latino problem

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From Chris Weigant: I wrote yesterday about the political conundrum Republicans (especially those in the Senate who actually get to vote on her confirmation) find themselves in over Sotomayor. But there’s another struggle within the party over a Latino candidate with more profound overtones for the party as a whole, down in the race for a Senate seat in Florida. It seems these days, Republicans just can’t attempt to do anything right without landing themselves in hot water as a…

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National Journal: Charlie Crist Holds the Cards

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Name recognition is a must for a statewide candidate in Florida. But in such a large state, that’s expensive. With the faltering economy squeezing would-be primary contenders for the 2010 Senate race, the focus for the next 18 months is likely to stay on Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D). For now, advantage Crist. There is no incumbent in the scramble to replace retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R), but Crist might as well be: The popular governor…

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Can Rick Baker win with the ‘stache?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Rick Baker and what he will do after his term in office runs out in 2009. I have to admit he’s done an admirable job as the first real strong mayor, presiding over a prosperous, progressive period in St. Petersburg’s history. I don’t know if that translates into a statewide position, but there is one way he could instantly improve his chances if he decides to run for Chief Financial Officer in 2010.…

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