Florida governor's race among nation's marquee matches
First Read on Florida in 2010: Once the ultimate battleground state in America (circa 2000), Florida still remains competitive and politically important, but a bit less so than at the turn of the century. The gubernatorial contest between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Bill McCollum is one of the cycle's marquee races, and gives Democrats their best chance to win a governor's mansion they haven't won since 1994. Governor Charlie Crist is the front-runner for the open Senate seat, but he'll face a spirited primary from the young, telegenic conservative Marco Rubio (who seems to have galvanized more than just the base), and then most likely face a general election fight from Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek (though there is still some chatter that national Democrats would like an alternative to Meek now that Crist doesn't look like a shoo-in). Freshman Democratic congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas' bid for re-election is probably the state's top-tier House race though good 'ol Alan Grayson has certainly staked his claim on the top tier target list!