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NRSC website lists Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek as candidates for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, but not Marco Rubio

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In March, TPM reported that Sen. John Cornyn sounded downright regretful today when explaining why he’s sticking to his early endorsement of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, despite a surge from conservative darling former state House Speaker Marco Rubio as the two slug it out in the Republican primary. “I’m not going to do anything to change that. I think I’m honor-bound to leave it as it is. It doesn’t mean that we’re going to be spending any money in the…

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John Cornyn abandoning Charlie Crist, says he was selfish to endorse

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NRSC Chairman John Cornyn said Monday that his endorsement of Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s GOP Senate primary was “selfish” and said the committee will not stand in Marco Rubio’s way. Cornyn (R-Texas) said he stuck by the endorsement, but he also began minimizing it, now that it looks like Crist may well lose the primary. Recent polls have shown Rubio stealing virtually all the momentum in the race and opening a lead over Crist. “Selfishly, given the limited resources…

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Sen. John Cornyn teabagged at Tea Party

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Doesn’t look or sound like the wingnuts have much love for the Senator who delivered the NRSC endorsement to Charlie Crist.

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Jim DeMint backs Marco Rubio

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Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint’s backing of Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race is the latest salvo in an internal Republican struggle over who will lead the way in salvaging the GOP’s damaged brand. On Tuesday, the South Carolina Republican will endorse Rubio, a 38-year-old former state House speaker, bucking the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s endorsement of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a moderate who has periodically found himself at odds with right-wing elements of his party. National Republicans argue that…

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Red State blog: Charlie Crist runs for cover

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This campaign is still in its infancy, and anyone who knows anything about politics would understand that 14 months in politics is an eternity. So let’s look at the supposed “grand slam” of endorsements Governor Charlie Crist has scooped up. Senator John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Senatorial Republican Committee (NRSC) and Senator Mitch McConnell promptly endorsed Crist just after Crist had issued his announcement that he was running for Senate.

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New Majority blog: Charlie Crist the better bet for Republicans

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From Andrew Pavelyev’s New Majority Blog: “Are conservatives nuts? I keep hearing wild enthusiasm about Marco Rubio’s challenge to Charlie Crist. But why make the perfect the enemy of the good? This is not merely about the next election. That seat will be up for reelection in 2016. By that time Fidel will be 90 and almost certainly dead. Raul is just a few years younger, and his chances to make it are not all that great either. In any…

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CQ: Populist outrage and pragmatic recruiting a volatile mix for GOP

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From CQ: Republican officials, groping for a formula to revive their party, have been firing up their conservative activist base with support for “tea parties” that skewer big government, and rhetoric that brands President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party as “Socialist.” At the same time, though, GOP strategists have been working to recruit candidates for key 2010 elections who project more moderate images — which might draw them support across party lines and make them, at least in theory, more “electable.”…

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