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Davis' TV gambit



The lobbyist and Republican activists helping raise at least $2-million for the Florida GOP and Charlie Crist gubernatorial campaign had plenty of reason for optimism Thursday. The money is flowing heavily to help Crist and the state party's federal accounts - which pay for most of the get-out-the-vote effort are already lopsided: Nearly $400,000 for the Democratic party as of Aug. 31, compared to $5.65-million for the Republicans.

Crist meanwhile has been running a steady stream of TV ads, while the Davis campaign doesn't want to start airing ads until it's sure it has the money to keep airing them through the election. Sound familiar? Crist's primary rival Tom Gallagher last spring held off airing ads for weeks to marshall resources - only to see Crist's lead steadily increase in the polls and Gallagher's fundraising slow as a result.

"I'm assuming the Democratic National Committee has already conceded the race,'' said a chuckling Mark Guzzetta, a top Republican fundraiser mingling at the Ritz. "I haven't seen a Davis ad. He does not have the money, and he does not have a message.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:47pm]


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