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About Charlie Crist's independent campaign for senate



Cristrub Stuart Rothenberg weighs in: ...Yes, Crist’s chances of winning a three-way race might be marginally better than his chances of defeating Rubio in a GOP primary, but the risk of embarrassment would also be much greater for the governor.

Rubio has become the odds-on favorite to be the state’s next senator, though some think his road would be easier in a three-way general election contest, since a late August primary would be costly and Rubio would enter the battle against Meek weakened by Crist’s attacks. Others think a three-way race is Meek’s best chance for an upset, since the Republican vote would be divided.

But it is difficult to imagine Meek winning in November. While he will talk often about his years in the Florida Highway Patrol, his record is relatively liberal. Democrats have lost ground in the state’s generic ballot test and the recently enacted health care bill has received a very chilly reception in the state, including among seniors...

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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