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Election season is upon us: Get to know your candidates

Go county by county as we cover all the seats up for grabs in this November's election. Find the Times' recommendations and summaries for all the candidates.

Florida Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist examines a portable hand fan given to him before he voted early Monday in St. Petersburg. "It's nice to be cool." he said. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIimes]

Early voting opens in Pinellas as both parties ramp up get-out-the-vote efforts

TALLAHASSEE — Early voting got under way in 30 counties across Florida on Monday including Pinellas, Miami-Dade and Broward, as both parties ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts in the final two weeks of the race for governor. Nearly 900,000 people have already returned mail ballots, and early-voting sites are  …