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5 things to watch in Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott



Charlie Crist, the former self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, officially became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor Tuesday, easily beating back a bare-bones primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County.

Likewise, Republican Gov. Rick Scott cruised against two obscure and nearly invisible Republican opponents.

That's hardly big news considering Rich could not afford a single TV ad and Scott months ago started attacking Crist as the de facto Democratic nominee. The general election for all purposes began with Scott pouring more than $20 million into TV ads that have steadily turned what had been a double-digit Crist lead into a dead-heat race.

The current governor leads the former governor by 1 percentage point, based on the average of recent Florida polls compiled Here are five things to watch over the next 70 days:

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:02pm]


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