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Mitch Perry Report for 11.4.15 – Figuring out Ben Carson

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A friend of mine asked me Tuesday night whether Ben Carson is doing any fundraising in Tampa. It would certainly make sense if he were since the GOP presidential front-runner (in some polls) is spending this week in Florida on a book-selling tour. There’s no indication, though, that such an event is planned. Carson is running a campaign doing not what you’d expect him to be doing, yet it’s all working right now for the 63-year-old retired pediatric neurosurgeon. A crowd estimated at more…

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Crist Campaign: Charlie Crist will not run as a Democrat or Independent

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After new poll showed his GOP Senate primary challenger Marco Rubio taking a narrow lead, Florida’s Republican governor Charlie Crist met Barack Obama today in Tampa Bay, where the president announced $8 billion in stimulus funding for a high-speed rail stations. Having been needled relentlessly by Rubio for supporting the stimulus and hugging Barack Obama at a rally last spring, might Crist’s willingness to appear again with Obama signal, as The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait suggested, an openness to switching…

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