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What happens when, err, if Crist loses tonight’s straw ballot in Pinellas?

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Charlie Crist should never have allowed tonight’s straw ballot to occur. But Marco Rubio’s operatives in Pinellas, such as the gregarious Tony DiMatteo, have lured Crist into an obvious trap by scheduling the straw ballot. Crist’s young staff, no longer managed by George LeMieux, is convinced that Crist can win the Pinellas straw ballot. But what happens when Crist loses? An unscientific poll of 24 members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee reveals that Rubio’s support in Crist’s home county…

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‘We’re not partners. We’re not friends…’ or the toughest 48 hours of Crist’s career

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After a week in which he was labeled by the St. Petersburg Times’ as the “Loser of the Year” in Florida politics, it’s hard to imagine that things can get any worse for Charlie Crist. Unfortunately, he hasn’t seen anything yet. From the time the Quarterly Meeting of the Republican Party of Florida begins on Saturday to when the last vote is counted from the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee’s straw ballot, Charlie Crist’s campaign for the U.S. Senate could…

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For Charlie Crist, Pinellas has become his firewall

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Assuming that preliminary reports of Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio’s fundraising are accurate, and that Crist raised another $1.5 million or so and Rubio doubled his previous effort of $340K, the epic struggle for the Republican nomination will carry on into the spring, when Rubio and his supporters in the Legislature will bog down Crist in a disastrous legislative session. Marco Rubio is not turning out to be like Tom Gallagher, who Crist knocked-out early with superior fundraising. Rubio is…

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Pinellas GOP outraises local Dems, yet both have same amount of cash on hand. In other words, where’s the money, JJ?

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For the first time since 1996, the Florida Democratic Party outraised the Republican Party of Florida. Unfortunately for Pinellas Democrats, that trend did not extend to the local level, as the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee still crushes the Pinellas Democratic Party. For the last quarter: Pinellas GOP $29,891 Pinellas Democrats $22,700 Through June 30, the parties have raised: Pinellas GOP $96,598 Pinellas Democrats $33,882 But, the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee is blowing through money like I do at Derby…

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