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I-4 won it for Crist



There are two ways to spin Gov.-elect Charlie Crist's seven-percentage-point win over Jim Davis last week:

---Crist and the Florida GOP are so strong that they managed to overcome a Democratic wave across the country and still win the state's biggest political prize by 340,000 votes.

---Republicans spent a record-shattering more than $50-million on Crist - roughly four times what the Democrats spent for Jim Davis - and couldn't keep a little-known Tampa congressman from the best Democratic gubernatorial showing in 12 years.

Both assessments are partly true. Slice and dice Florida's electoral map from Tuesday and you'll see lessons, and ominous signs, for Democrats and Republicans alike. Full column here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:39am]


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