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View Poll Results: Who will be Florida's Republican nominee for Senate in 2010?
Charlie Crist 6 20.00%
Marco Rubio 23 76.67%
Other 1 3.33%
Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-25-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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From The St. Petersburg Times:
In the latest sign of turbulence for Charlie Crist's wounded U.S. Senate bid, key staffers are starting to leave the campaign.

As Crist poll numbers slide, staffers leave campaign - St. Petersburg Times
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I know the Republican Primary isn't until August, but at this point, Crist appears doomed.
Well, look at it this way. At least he didn't ask one of them to pretend he was the father of a Crist baby.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:31 AM
 
Location: North America
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You Rubio-philes may want to read this:

Marco Rubio charged personal bills on GOP card - Political Currents - MiamiHerald.com (http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/02/24/1498899_rubio-charged-personal-bills-on.html - broken link)
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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I watched Gov. Crist out of his own mouth say on C-Span that the Stimulus Bill has saved and provided thousands of jobs in Florida. He went on to pretty much say that the Republicans who were saying that the stimulus created no jobs were wrong and that Washington needs to get something done.

I said to myself, as someone who was born and raised in Florida, that that statement is going to cause him a lot of problems from the hacks who see nothing but R or D behind someone's name. He did not pull the Republican Company line of "No" on the question and told the truth as to what was going on in his state.
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Old 02-25-2010, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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Default Could Crist ditch a GOP Primary and run as an Independent

Interesting article on the Hill's website

'quote]Either Charlie Crist realizes he can’t escape the stimulus, or he’s leaning toward an independent run for Senate.

Crist is saying some curious things for a man in the midst of a conservative primary challenge.

Here’s a few, just from the last couple days:

From an appearance on Fox and Friends: “(Obama has) done some things that are good for our state; he’s done some things that are not good for our state. But what I have to do is make sure that I’m working with anybody who will do things that are good for our state and not just cast them aside because they have a different letter behind their name.”[/quote]

Crist sounding more and more ... independent - The Hill's Ballot Box

Note this is just a blog and its an opinion, but I have seen several similar articles in the last few days. At least one or two from Florida newspapers. If any possible truth to this remains to be seen, but its interesting nonetheless.
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:19 AM
 
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There would be some risk, but if it looks like he's doomed to lose against Rubio, I think it would be a good move. I think Crist is liked enough among Democrats and independents that it could be a winning strategy in a three-way race.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Boise
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I have to say, good for him for being intellectually honest, although in the end almost all if not all Republican Governors took the stimulus money, and it did help balance the budgets. I interned for my state's legislature last year. Our hugely Libertarian-Republican governor accepted the money without any qualms, he may have ideologically been against it, but at least he didn't pretend to feign outrage while accepting it, like so many other members of the GOP have.

Crist was honest about it, he accepted it, so he really couldn't be against it. It was a lot easier for Rubio to be against it since he was an out of office former speaker. Besides that, so he hugged the President? What should he have done? Spit on him? Political disagreement is no need to not be civil and show respect for a nation's leader.

However, back on topic, if Crist runs as an Independent, he secures a victory for the Democrats.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have to say, good for him for being intellectually honest, although in the end almost all if not all Republican Governors took the stimulus money, and it did help balance the budgets. I interned for my state's legislature last year. Our hugely Libertarian-Republican governor accepted the money without any qualms, he may have ideologically been against it, but at least he didn't pretend to feign outrage while accepting it, like so many other members of the GOP have.

Crist was honest about it, he accepted it, so he really couldn't be against it. It was a lot easier for Rubio to be against it since he was an out of office former speaker. Besides that, so he hugged the President? What should he have done? Spit on him? Political disagreement is no need to not be civil and show respect for a nation's leader.

However, back on topic, if Crist runs as an Independent, he secures a victory for the Democrats.
Your last statement is always a chance that has to be considered when someone decides to do something like that. It did work for Liberman, but it often backfires...

I would hate to see him throw it to the Democrats, but it has to be his choice..

Nita
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Long Island (chief in S Farmingdale)
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Your last statement is always a chance that has to be considered when someone decides to do something like that. It did work for Liberman, but it often backfires...

I would hate to see him throw it to the Democrats, but it has to be his choice..

Nita
This could result in a pick up for the Democrats if it does happen. One difference between this and Lieberman is if it does happen its likely to happen prior to the Primary than after it. The Lieberman case is also a bit different due to the fact the Dems have a real candidate and are seriously contending this race. In CT the GOP wasn't contending the race and were running a complete no name and sacrificial lamb.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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This could result in a pick up for the Democrats if it does happen. One difference between this and Lieberman is if it does happen its likely to happen prior to the Primary than after it. The Lieberman case is also a bit different due to the fact the Dems have a real candidate and are seriously contending this race. In CT the GOP wasn't contending the race and were running a complete no name and sacrificial lamb.
oh I agree 110%. That what I was saying, I guess not the right way. Just because it worked once doesn't mean it will again.

Nita
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Old 03-01-2010, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Interesting article on the Hill's website

'quote]Either Charlie Crist realizes he can’t escape the stimulus, or he’s leaning toward an independent run for Senate.

Crist is saying some curious things for a man in the midst of a conservative primary challenge.

Here’s a few, just from the last couple days:

From an appearance on Fox and Friends: “(Obama has) done some things that are good for our state; he’s done some things that are not good for our state. But what I have to do is make sure that I’m working with anybody who will do things that are good for our state and not just cast them aside because they have a different letter behind their name.”
Crist sounding more and more ... independent - The Hill's Ballot Box

Note this is just a blog and its an opinion, but I have seen several similar articles in the last few days. At least one or two from Florida newspapers. If any possible truth to this remains to be seen, but its interesting nonetheless.[/quote]

If he pulls an Independent run, we'll have to watch who supports him from among other politicians and big donors.
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