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Why Charlie Crist now leads Florida Senate race

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Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is now leading in polls against Republican Marco Rubio for the 2010 Florida Senate race, where Crist will run as an independent. Crist’s break with his party was seen as a sign that the GOP’s hard-line conservatives were growing in power over the moderate wing of the party. A recent poll by the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Crist with 42 percent support, giving Rubio 31 percent and Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek 14 percent. After months…

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Hotline: How much will move cost Charlie Crist?

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From Hotline: FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) is contemplating his political future this week as he decides whether to run for Sen. George LeMieux‘s (R) seat as an independent. But he also should be contemplating just how much it’s going to cost him. Crist has benefitted from several strong fundraising quarters, but conservative bloggers and activists have vowed to make a potential independent bid hurt his bank account. And he should take note: Those same activists helped cost Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) more…

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Charlie Justice’s campaign posts lackluster number for 4Q fundraising, spends more than it raises; Bill Young raises just $750!

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For those looking to the latest fundraising reports for clues as to whether Congressman Bill Young will retire or not, keep looking. According to the Year-End reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, the soon-to-be octogenarian raised just $750 during the last period which covers contributions received between October 1 and December 31. Meanwhile, Young’s so-called re-election campaign spent more than $22,000, including almost $800 a month on a “campaign vehicle.” Of course, Young has $395,879 in cash-on-hand from money…

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