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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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NYTimes on Kendrick Meek: Democrat seeks part of spotlight in Florida Senate race

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Representative Kendrick B. Meek, the leading Democratic candidate for Florida’s open Senate seat, listened quietly last week to tales of woe: a college student who nearly ended up homeless because her mother had lost her job; a laid-off mother who paid for health care with credit cards; an electrician struggling to get unemployment benefits. Ignoring the attention being paid to the Republican race, Mr. Meek has been methodically campaigning across the state. Kendrick B. Meek stopped in Orlando, where he…

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