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Key races could pump up projected turnout figures

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Primaries do not normally gain a great deal of attention or interest among the average voter. Those voting in primaries are often the liberal or conservative ideologues, or those focusing on specific issues. Florida has a number of interesting primaries contested Tuesday. There is no better guide to today’s elections than the one put out by Peter Schorsch and the team at FloridaPolitics.com. If you missed it, you can find it here. Turnout can sometimes be abysmally low. The last…

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It’s not the party … it’s the after party! A rundown of where Tampa Bay candidates will be on Election Night

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Votes have been cast. Now it comes to this — Primary Election day. For some, the campaign ends here. With others, the road now leads to November. Either way, candidates will be attending a range of events, where celebrations — or the drowning of sorrows — will take place Tuesday night. Here is a rundown of primary night watch parties and other celebrations throughout Tampa Bay: Congressman David Jolly, running for re-election to Florida’s 13th Congressional District, cast his vote…

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Nearly 2 million Floridians have already voted in primary

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Nearly two million Floridians have already cast their ballots in this year’s primary election. The Florida Division of Elections on Monday posted new totals that showed that nearly 536,000 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period that wrapped up this weekend. Another 1.15 million voters have voted by mail bringing the total ballots cast at more than 1.69 million overall. An additional 1.18 million ballots were requested but haven’t been returned yet to election officials. The primary election…

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President Obama and Vice President Biden endorse Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced their endorsement of Congressman Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate Wednesday, Murphy’s campaign announced. The endorsements bring the biggest possible names into the hotly-contested race for the Democratic nomination for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat between Murphy, of Jupiter, and U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson or Orlando. And it comes one day after a poll finds that, despite all the controversies Grayson has found himself in recently, fanned by Murphy’s campaign, Grayson continues to lead.…

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No longer patient, Jeb Bush backers fret about sluggish campaign

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For months, Jeb Bush‘s campaign insisted it was too early. Too early to worry about the Republican presidential candidate’s sluggish poll numbers. Too early to fret over the rise of unorthodox candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Too early to question if the one-time front-runner is merely a pedestrian candidate. But with just over three months until primary voting gets underway in Iowa, and Bush still mired in the middle of the crowded GOP field, some supporters fear it could…

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Karl Rove donates $1K to Marco Rubio

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Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio. While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date, there are many Republicans — particularly those in Flordia that are close to former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush — who have publicly become more comfortable airing their skepticism about Crist in public. One of those Republicans with close…

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Is Charlie Crist running for Senate or VP?

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Obviously, the current Florida governor is running for Senate, but give me a chance to explain my thoughts on the vice presidency. [Then you can decide whether the link between the two is a stretch.] First, we’ll need to assume a couple of things. For starters, everything below assumes that the primary calendar and rules will remain virtually unchanged between now and January 2012. We can argue all day about the likelihood of major reforms to the primary process, but…

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