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Predictors agree: Governor's race is going to be close



There all kinds of questions were awaiting answers today in Florida.

• Will Republicans win veto-proof majorities in the state House and Senate?
• Will Democrat Kendrick Meek or independent Charlie Crist finish in second place in the U.S. Senate race?
• After Republican Mike McCalister (10 percent) and Democrat Brian Moore (23 percent) won surprisingly high vote totals in the gubernatorial primary, will Michael E. Arth, Farid Khavari and the other no-party and third-party candidates play a spoiler role?

But the biggest outstanding question is, obviously, will Republican Rick Scott or Democrat Alex Sink be Florida's 45th governor? Our predictors agree the race will close. Here are some guesses:

Skip Campbell, former Democratic attorney general candidate: Sink +4
Betty Castor, Democratic former education commissioner: Sink +0.5
Former Senate President Tom Lee, R-Brandon: Scott +2
Albert Martinez, GOP strategist: Scott +2
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.: Sink +4
State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg: Sink +2
Tom Slade, former state GOP chairman: Scott +2.5
Roger Stone, GOP strategist: Scott +3

So what's your prediction?


[Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 1:36pm]


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