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Donald Trump to return to Central Florida less than 24 hours after Monday night’s debate

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The U.S. Presidential election returns to Florida’s I-4 corridor early next week, with Donald Trump speaking at a rally at Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Tuesday at 7 p.m.. The GOP presidential nominee’s appearance will come less than 24 hours after he and Hillary Clinton engage in the first of their three scheduled debates before the November 8 election. The trip is another occasion for Trump to focus on Florida’s crucial I-4 corridor, the swath of Central Florida that goes from the Tampa Bay area in the west to Daytona…

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Today on Context Florida: Ralph Nader, Donald Trump, Salt Shaker Test, Bernie Sanders and budget turkeys

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Today on Context Florida: Some blamed hanging chad, others confusing ballots, but Peter Schorsch says the man many Democrats blame for Al Gore’s 537-vote defeat in Florida is Ralph Nader. Never mind those butterfly ballots that may have led to thousands of inadvertent votes for Pat Buchanan in Palm Beach County, nor the exit polls that showed more of his supporters would flock to George W. Bush than Gore. Bush’s 2000 victory was Nader’s fault. Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s acerbic speaking style on the campaign trail rankles…

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Marco Rubio faces Christmas weekend with softening national, primary state poll numbers

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With the end of 2015 only days away, and Iowa caucuses not far behind, support for Marco Rubio seems to be softening in some national polls. The Florida senator’s dip, however slight, comes at what may be the worst possible moment for Rubio, who is seen by both Republican and Democratic establishment types as the best hope for the GOP winning back the White House in November. At present, many observers say Rubio needs to be moving up, not down…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.15.15 – Vegas, baby, Vegas!

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After the third GOP presidential debate in late October, I wrote in this space after Marco Rubio received plaudits for his effort if it would translate into votes. A couple of weeks later, after the fourth debate in Milwaukee, the conventional wisdom from pundits was that it was time that Rubio and Ted Cruz were going to take off. As we’ve seen in the past week, Cruz has finally jump started his campaign, and now leads in several polls in Iowa, the…

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In endorsing Chris Christie, NH paper slams Marco Rubio

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Chris Christie has received of the biggest boosts to his struggling presidential aspirations this weekend, capturing the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union-Leader, the state’s biggest newspaper and an important voice in the state’s first in the nation primary. “Chris Christie is a solid, anti-abortion conservative who has managed to govern in liberal New Jersey, face down the big public unions, and win a second term,” wrote Joseph McQuaid, the newspaper’s publisher, in today’s edition of the paper. “Gov. Christie can work…

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Real Clear Politics composite: Bill McCollum 43%, Alex Sink 35.2%

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Attorney General Bill McCollum sports a 7.8% lead over Alex Sink in the RCP Average, and leads by nine, according to Mason Dixon. Sink has led in exactly one poll this cycle, so you have to consider McCollum the favorite, though not prohibitively so. This assumes, of course, that McCollum doesn’t get upended in the September primary by his two unknown GOP opponents.

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After two months of polling with five different firms, Charlie Crist is down by an average of 26.8%

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The number one reason why Crist won’t run as an Independent, as I have explained before, is his relationship with his parents, who are stalwarts of the Republican Party.  The second reason is because Crist does not believe he is really losing to Marco Rubio.  So why run as an Independent? Listening to Charlie Crist speak to a classroom of students at USF, I was flabbergasted by the state of denial Crist is in with his race against Marco Rubio. …

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