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Smart Politics report shows Donald Trump, Ted Cruz-led ticket could spell down-ballot GOP trouble in Florida

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As the Republican establishment frets over a potential Trump-led (or, to a lesser degree, Cruz-led) presidential ticket, other GOP leaders and officeholders are starting to worry about down-ticket effects. If Trump becomes the nominee, states holding U.S. Senate races – Florida is among them – could see trouble for Republicans and the future of the GOP-controlled Senate. A new Smart Politics report shows that rarely – or never – does a state vote for a Republican U.S. Senator and elect a…

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Wall Street Journal: Anybody but Marco Rubio?

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Party affiliation wasn’t the only thing Gov. Charlie Crist switched when he dropped out of the GOP primary and decided to run as independent in the Florida Senate race. Mr. Crist has piqued the ire of many conservatives by flip-flopping on a number of issues in order to ingratiate himself with liberals. In fact, he’s made so many 180s that many Democrats are now considering throwing their weight and money behind him in order to upend the remaining Republican in…

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Politico: Dems flirt with backing Charlie Crist

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Politico writes what many in the Democratic Party have been thinking: The emergence of a politically unknown billionaire self-funder in the Florida Senate race is prompting top Democrats in the state to say publicly what some have been whispering for weeks: If Jeff Greene, who got rich betting on the collapse of the housing market, becomes their nominee, many in the party will have the cover they need to get behind Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist. Establishment Democrats in Florida, for now,…

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DSCC says it’s firmly behind Kendrick Meek

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From NBC’s Mark Murray: In Florida’s Senate race, Kendrick Meek (D) is trailing Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R) in general-election polls. And according to a new Quinnipiac survey, he’s leading wealthy primary challenger Jeff Greene (who’s friends with Mike Tyson and Heidi Fleiss, and who made his money off subprime mortgages) by just two points. But in a roundtable discussion with reporters today, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said that his committee is fully behind Meek. Asked if the DSCC would object…

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DSCC says it’s firmly behind Kendrick Meek

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From NBC’s Mark Murray: In Florida’s Senate race, Kendrick Meek (D) is trailing Charlie Crist (I) and Marco Rubio (R) in general-election polls. And according to a new Quinnipiac survey, he’s leading wealthy primary challenger Jeff Greene (who’s friends with Mike Tyson and Heidi Fleiss, and who made his money off subprime mortgages) by just two points. But in a roundtable discussion with reporters today, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez said that his committee is fully behind Meek. Asked if the DSCC would object…

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Joe Lieberman still undecided about Florida Senate race

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Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) said Monday he is considering skipping any endorsement in the Connecticut and Florida Senate races, even after he was visited recently by Kendrick Meek. Lieberman told The Hill he was visited by Meek “a few weeks ago” and that the two had “a good conversation” but that he is still mulling whether to get involved in the Florida and Connecticut races. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a friend of Lieberman’s, is waging an independent bid for…

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Talking Points Memo: Is Charlie Crist the De Facto Democrat in the Florida Senate race?

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Talking Points Memo asks the question a lot of Florida Democrats are asking: When asked for comment about their decline in support, Kendrick Meek campaign communications director Adam Sharon predicted that Crist’s surge among Democratic-leaning voters would not last, declaring that “his conservative record cannot escape him.” The TPM Poll Average for the race currently has Crist at 32.9%, Marco Rubio 32.7%, and Meek 15.9%. Furthermore, the graph shows a clear trend in the last two months, of Meek’s support falling…

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