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Charlie Crist leads “souls to the polls” on final day of early voting

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As the final day of early voting wound down, there were lines at voting sites and overall turnout was about 47.8 percent in Pinellas. That number included both mail-in ballots that had been received and early voting as of about 4 p.m. Sunday, a day that saw candidates scrambling for every vote still left on the table. One of the big pushes was the “Souls to the Polls” events, a statewide initiative designed to reach members of the faith community,…

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Charlie Crist, David Jolly fish for votes three days before election

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David Jolly and Charlie Crist spent much of Saturday the way they’ve spent much of the past few months – casting a net for votes. Jolly, the Republican incumbent, is facing a challenge from Democrat Crist for the 13th Congressional District seat. Jolly spent the first part of the morning at an Alzheimer’s Awareness Fair at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the University of South Florida campus in downtown St. Petersburg. His office had helped arrange the event, which included…

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Mike Fasano making robocalls for Charlie Crist

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Former state Sen. Mike Fasano, who is now the Pasco County Tax Collector, has endorsed former Gov. Charlie Crist in his run for the Congressional District 13 seat. News of the endorsement came the same day that Fasano, a Republican, was featured in a robocall supporting Crist’s candidacy. Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly. In the robocall, Fasano says, “Hi, I’m Mike Fasano. I’m a lifelong Republican, and I’m supporting Charlie Crist for Congress. Before you cast…

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Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis: Vote, vote, vote

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Civil rights icon John Lewis, now a congressman from Georgia, came to St. Petersburg on Wednesday to support former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. Lewis, who has represented Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District since 1986, said he had followed Crist’s career. “I’m delighted and very pleased and honored to be standing here with you,” Lewis told Crist. “I’m here to support you. I’m looking forward to getting things…

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David Jolly casts himself as beleaguered outsider in forum with Charlie Crist

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U.S. Rep. David Jolly and former Gov. Charlie Crist had two sharply different approaches to the audience at a candidates’ forum Thursday sponsored by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. Jolly, a Republican, pictured himself as a man abandoned by his political party and attacked by the other party when all he wants to do is create a “third way” of crossing the aisle and creating consensus between differing views. Jolly warned the audience that in the waning days of…

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Dwight Dudley, activists slam David Jolly; Jolly’s spokeswoman slams Charlie Crist

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Outgoing Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley and several Pinellas activists gathered Tuesday to call out U.S. Rep. David Jolly for his “failure to stand up for” the people of Congressional District 13. Dudley and the others gathered in Williams Park, across from Duke Energy, which they accused of “ripping off” consumers. “Big energy companies like Duke Energy continue to rip off Florida’s working families, over billing consumers by millions of dollars,” Dudley said. “David Jolly took thousands of dollars in…

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Charlie Crist says Jordan Park residents need help now

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist toured the troubled Jordan Park Apartments in July. Afterward, he called the conditions “deplorable.” On Thursday, Crist returned to Jordan Park to say not much has changed, and he’s urging for something be done now to improve living conditions for the residents. “This is an issue of simple human decency,” Crist said. At least one Jordan Park resident agreed not much has changed since July. Resident Heidi Hampton said she contacted the office about 3 p.m.…

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