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Did voucher lawsuit doom Charlie Crist?



With rumors flying that the Florida School Boards Association would file suit to challenge the state's voucher program, a vigorous campaign by voucher backers claimed two FSBA leaders seeking reelection.

Now one key lawmaker is suggesting that the same issue led to Charlie Crist's 70,493-vote defeat against Gov. Rick Scott.

"Bet Crist, Zimmerman, Danish, & crew regret suing the 70k low income families wanting educational choice for their children this am," State Sen. John Legg posted on Twitter early Wednesday.

We asked Legg if he really thought that the voucher issue was the one that pushed the race over the top. He didn't have any doubt.

"Crist lost by 70k votes. He did support the program. Now supports the lawsuit to cancel the program. Yes, it was the margin that cost him the election," Legg said via e-mail. He followed up with a text message. "Want to point out that the Dems lost their entire education team - Dentel Castor, Danish, Saunders, Zimmerman. Message?"

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[Last modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:55am]


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