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Rick Scott rocks the North. McCollum's hopes fading, pins hopes on S. Florida



My oh my. Bill McCollum's supporters are sounding despondent. Rick Scott's are starting to exult.

Scott has big leads in his home of Southwest Florida, and in Duval County, home to Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher who, Scott said, has a "bias" against him and was secretly helping McCollum win the goverrnor's office. Scott is rocking the Panhandle

Scott is ahead 3.7 percentage points right now, 43,000 votes.

McCollum's big hope: Miami-Dade County, where the attorney general is ahead by 20,000. He's ahead by about 10,000 in Orange County -- his home county.

They're basically tied in Tampa Bay.

All the precincts aren't in. But at this rate, McCollum's hopes are fading. And incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon and incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos might have to explain why they spent millions on a campaign that trashed Scott's reputation.

-- Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:23am]


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