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FILE- This April 29, 2014, file photo shows Florida Gov. Rick Scott as he speaks to members of the media in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Becoming a governor can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle. Once it’s gotten, keeping the power tends to be easier. Incumbents are tough to beat, particularly when the economy is on the upswing. That’s the case this year when 36 states pick governors. (AP Photo, File) WX821

Poll gives Scott 5-point lead over Crist, and more

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices. Scott received support from 40.9 pe …