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Joe Henderson: ‘Checkmate’ in the Marco Rubio-Patrick Murphy debate

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In the game of chess, it is called “checkmate.” It is that moment when a player realizes their opponent just cut off their last route of escape. I think that’s the gambit Marco Rubio sprung on Democrat Patrick Murphy during their U.S. Senate debate Monday night. One of the best lines of attack for Murphy was that Rubio hadn’t committed to serving the full six-year term that goes with being a senator. The implication was this young man in a…

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Rally outside U.S. Senate debate at UCF gleefully energized against both candidates

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To passers-by at the political rally on the green courtyard outside the Fairwinds Alumni building at UCF, where a U.S. Senate debate was to happen later that night, both U.S. Senate candidates must have sounded bad. Patrick Murphy‘s detractors called him privileged and said his record was among the least effective in Congress, so how could he be trusted with a higher seat? Marco Rubio‘s detractors said it was time for him to go due to his poor attendance record and opposition…

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Mitch Perry Report for 10.17.16 — Will recent experience play a factor in tonight’s U.S. Senate debate?

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Floridians will get their first chance to observe Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy in the same room together when they engage in their first debate of Florida’s U.S. Senate contest in Orlando tonight. Trailing by an average of around five percentage points through all of the polling, Murphy needs to have a big performance in him to begin to narrow that gap, especially with so many people already voting on every day in early mail voting. First impressions matter — this the first time…

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Donald Trump slams GOP ahead of debate, raises Bill Clinton scandals

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His presidential bid in chaos, a defiant Donald Trump slammed Republicans rushing to revoke their support for him as “self-righteous hypocrites” and signaled he may try to turn Sunday night’s crucial debate against Hillary Clinton into a referendum on her husband’s treatment of women. Trump will take the debate stage under enormous pressure. Even before the new revelations of his predatory sexual remarks about women, Trump’s campaign was slumping. But the release of the 2005 video, where Trump is heard…

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Despite harsh reviews, Donald Trump resists new debate approach

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Unmoved by harsh debate reviews, a defiant Donald Trump renewed his attacks against a former Miss Universe winner on Wednesday, showing no sign of making big changes to his message or debate preparation before his second face-off with Hillary Clinton. The outspoken Republican nominee instead pressed ahead with an aggressive strategy focused on speaking directly to his white, working-class loyalists across the Midwest. Democrat Clinton, meanwhile, pushed to improve her standing among younger voters with the help of the president,…

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With first debate looming, David Jolly leads Charlie Crist 46%-43% in CD 13

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A new poll shows David Jolly holding a three-point lead over Charlie Crist in the race for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The survey, conducted by St. Pete Polls for Florida Politics, has Jolly at 46 percent and Crist at 43 percent. The Indian Shores Republican is ahead of the former governor despite the district breaking for Democrat Hillary Clinton over Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, 47 to 40 percent. Buoying Jolly’s numbers is a strong favorable-to-unfavorable ratio of 54 to…

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In battleground HD 69, Kathleen Peters, Jennifer Webb to debate

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The first debate between the candidates for state House District 69 is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Community Room 101 at the library on the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, 6700 Eighth Ave. N. Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters is facing a challenge from Democrat Jennifer Webb. Peters was formerly mayor of South Pasadena and has served in the Florida House since 2012. She serves on the Economic Affairs Committee, Justice Appropriations, Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee,…

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