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In a nutshell, why I think Charlie Crist lost the Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot

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Update: 9:53 a.m. – Crist brushes off straw poll loss: “It’s such a small number compared to the electorate,” he said. Crist said he probably wouldn’t have touted the results even if he had won. “I touted some of them in 1998 when I won and I know what that result was (he lost to Democratic Sen. Bob Graham), so I don’t put much stock in them,” he said Let’s not forget how ecstatic Crist was in 2006 when won…

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In a nutshell, why I think Charlie Crist lost the Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot

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Update: 9:53 a.m. – Crist brushes off straw poll loss: “It’s such a small number compared to the electorate,” he said. Crist said he probably wouldn’t have touted the results even if he had won. “I touted some of them in 1998 when I won and I know what that result was (he lost to Democratic Sen. Bob Graham), so I don’t put much stock in them,” he said Let’s not forget how ecstatic Crist was in 2006 when he…

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Live-blogging, tweeting of Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot showdown between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

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Life has its little ironies. For me, one of them is the fact that I get along much better with my old Republican friends than I do with my new Democratic colleagues. I’d much rather have a drink with Tony DiMatteo than Ramsey McLaughlan. Maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed going to the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee meetings (do the Pinellas Democrats even have meetings?) I’ll be at January’s meeting of the PCREC to blog and tweet about the straw ballot…

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Live-blogging, tweeting of Pinellas GOP’s straw ballot showdown between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio

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Life has its little ironies. For me, one of them is the fact that I get along much better with my old Republican friends than I do with my new Democratic colleagues. I’d much rather have a drink with Tony DiMatteo than Ramsey McLaughlan. Maybe that’s why I’ve enjoyed going to the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee meetings (do the Pinellas Democrats even have meetings?) I’ll be at January’s meeting of the PCREC to blog and tweet about the straw ballot…

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What happens when, err, if Crist loses tonight’s straw ballot in Pinellas?

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Charlie Crist should never have allowed tonight’s straw ballot to occur. But Marco Rubio’s operatives in Pinellas, such as the gregarious Tony DiMatteo, have lured Crist into an obvious trap by scheduling the straw ballot. Crist’s young staff, no longer managed by George LeMieux, is convinced that Crist can win the Pinellas straw ballot. But what happens when Crist loses? An unscientific poll of 24 members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee reveals that Rubio’s support in Crist’s home county…

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What happens when, err, if Crist loses tonight’s straw ballot in Pinellas?

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Charlie Crist should never have allowed tonight’s straw ballot to occur. But Marco Rubio’s operatives in Pinellas, such as the gregarious Tony DiMatteo, have lured Crist into an obvious trap by scheduling the straw ballot. Crist’s young staff, no longer managed by George LeMieux, is convinced that Crist can win the Pinellas straw ballot. But what happens when Crist loses? An unscientific poll of 24 members of the Pinellas Republican Executive Committee reveals that Rubio’s support in Crist’s home county…

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‘We’re not partners. We’re not friends…’ or the toughest 48 hours of Crist’s career

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After a week in which he was labeled by the St. Petersburg Times’ as the “Loser of the Year” in Florida politics, it’s hard to imagine that things can get any worse for Charlie Crist. Unfortunately, he hasn’t seen anything yet. From the time the Quarterly Meeting of the Republican Party of Florida begins on Saturday to when the last vote is counted from the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee’s straw ballot, Charlie Crist’s campaign for the U.S. Senate could…

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