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Crist's name on the ballot: No. 7 and counting



Charlie Crist has the highest name ID of any politician in Florida, and he's going to need every bit of it in November.

Ballot Political professionals say the higher a candidate's name is listed on the election ballot, the more likely he or she is to get votes. At this point, with qualifying still open, Marco Rubio's name would appear third on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. Senate, behind fellow Republicans William Escoffery III and William "Billy" Kogut. In the Democratic primary, Kendrick Meek's name would be listed fourth.

Under Florida law, candidates are listed according to the party that controls the governor's office, followed by Democrats, followed by minor-party candidates, followed by nonpartisan candidates. Names of write-in candidates are not listed. As of this writing, four Republicans have made the Senate ballot along with four Democrats, one Libertarian, one Constitution Party candidate and four no-party-affiliation or NPAs.

Crist's name will appear no higher than seventh on the ballot, behind the Republican nominee, Democratic nominee, two minor party candidates and two nonpartisan candidates whose last names begin with the letters A and B.  

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:32am]


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