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Larry Sabato sees 'dull' Bill McCollum topping 'mild-mannered' Alex Sink

Pundit and quote machine Larry Sabato in a solid analysis predicts Republicans pick up at least six governorships in November, and hold Florida:

... Even though he is being opposed by a wealthy businessman (Rick Scott), state Attorney General Bill McCollum is the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee. That is not to say that McCollum is not being tested early; Scott may spend as much as $30 million before the Aug. 24th primary, and he has gained ground on McCollum. Meanwhile, state CFO Alex Sink, a mild-mannered banker originally from North Carolina, will likely be the Democratic nominee (despite a possible late challenge from Bud Chiles, son of the late Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles). Sink might become the first woman governor of the Sunshine State. McCollum appears to be the November favorite, and he has ex-Gov. Bush’s backing, though McCollum is a bit dull and has already lost two U.S. Senate contests in Florida. Further, McCollum’s task is now complicated by Crist’s independent bid for Senate. Sink will try to combine the moderate Crist vote with Meek’s Democratic base — which is easier said than done. While we give an early edge to the Republican, this contest is far from over and may have many twists and turns.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:40am]

    

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