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Robert Trigaux column: Will Gov. Rick Scott ride Florida's lower jobless rate to re-election?



Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux writes a column today in the wake of former Gov. Jeb Bush endorsing Gov. Rick Scott's re-election because "he campaigned on a platform of getting Florida's economy back on track and has delivered on that promise." An excerpt:

Will Florida Gov. Rick Scott win re-election next November just by spending tens of millions of dollars reminding Floridians that the state unemployment rate was sky high when he took office and now it is not?

When Scott first took office as governor in early 2011, Florida's jobless rate was just under 12 percent, while Tampa Bay's had climbed to 12.4 percent. Those same rates had both dropped to 7 percent in August 2013 — the latest numbers available. They are also lower than the national rate.

Among campaign strategies, that 5-plus-percentage-point decline in unemployment amounts to a slam dunk for Republican Scott.

Freshly constructed Democrat Charlie Crist, Scott's likely opponent, has his work cut out for him.

Rick Scott, a two-termer?

Do not underestimate him. Again.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:25am]


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