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Marco Rubio still for more drilling

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Ben Smith: CNBC’s Larry Kudlow pressed Marco Rubio hard and repeatedly today on the question of offshore drilling, prompting the candidate’s reluctant confirmation that he opposes a moratorium on offshore drilling, opposing forcing BP to stop paying dividends to its shareholders, and supports continued drilling off Florida’s coasts in the long run — an issue that seems to offer Charlie Crist his clearest shot at victory in the Senate race. “In the long term, offshore drilling has to be part…

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NY Post: Dem strategists turning to Charlie Crist in Senate race

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Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party’s frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican Party over the state party’s rightward lurch toward the Tea Party. SKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic political strategy and communications firm, has agreed to work on Crist’s up-hill campaign as an independent for the U.S. Senate. The decision will be widely viewed as a slap at Democratic frontrunner Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is trailing badly in the polls…

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Time: How Florida’s forgotten Democrat could win the Senate race

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From Time Magazine: It’s only June, but Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest is already shaping up as a race to remember. It will have Republican Marco Rubio, the young and formerly unsung conservative who is now widely viewed as the Barack Obama of the tea party movement. It will have Governor Charlie Crist, the former Republican shoo-in who fled the GOP to run as an independent after it became clear that Rubio was cleaning his clock. And it will have…

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Time: How Florida’s forgotten Democrat could win the Senate race

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From Time Magazine: It’s only June, but Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest is already shaping up as a race to remember. It will have Republican Marco Rubio, the young and formerly unsung conservative who is now widely viewed as the Barack Obama of the tea party movement. It will have Governor Charlie Crist, the former Republican shoo-in who fled the GOP to run as an independent after it became clear that Rubio was cleaning his clock. And it will have…

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George LeMieux confident Charlie Crist can still pull off victory

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From The Hill: Sen. George LeMieux predicted Tuesday that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist would still win the state’s Senate race, despite slumping poll numbers. LeMieux, a Crist supporter who was appointed to fill the remainder of the term left by Sen. Mel Martinez (R), who retired, said he expected things to tighten in the GOP primary between Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R). “I think it’ll be a close race,” LeMieux said during an appearance on MSNBC.…

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