Sunday, June 17, 2018
Politics

Charlie Crist beating Rick Scott in poll about 2014 race for governor

Check out this intriguing May 23-25 statewide poll of registered voters by Florida Opinion Research, asking about a Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott gubernatorial matchup in 2014. This assumes the former Florida governor challenges the incumbent Republican by running as a Democrat — and survives a Democratic primary:

Crist: 48.1 percent

Scott: 34.1 percent

Don't know/Refused: 12.8 percent

Other: 5.0 percent

The poll has a 3.46 percentage point margin of error.

While 60.3 percent of Republicans said they would support Scott, only 21.6 percent of independent voters backed him. Crist won 74.2 percent of Democrats and 52.2 percent of independents.

The former Republican governor-turned unaffiliated personal injury lawyer won support from more than 88 percent of African-Americans surveyed, while Scott and Crist were effectively tied among Hispanics.

Crist led among men, 45 percent to Scott's 39 percent, and among women, 51 percent to Scott's 30 percent. Crist also led among all age groups.

Jeb Bush open to VP?

Jeb Bush has been mostly dismissive to endless questions about him becoming Mitt Romney's vice presidential nominee but in an interview in Italy, he sounded wide open to that prospect. Here's the answer the former Florida governor gave to the online Italian newspaper Linkiesta:

"If Romney would offer me the post of vice president, I would consider the proposal with great interest. But I don't think he will choose me. I have a lot of respect for Mitt, and it would be a duty to help him defeat (Barack) Obama.

"We have to develop a culture of inclusion without barriers. Let's be open, even to the immigrants."

Randolph is leaving House

Rep. Scott Randolph, an Orlando Democrat who has been an outspoken partisan in his six years in the Legislature, won't seek re-election, he said Tuesday. He said he's leaving the House because his redesigned District  47 is composed mostly of people he has not previously represented. He endorsed fellow Democrat Linda Stewart as his successor.

Randolph was never shy about bashing what he viewed as an extreme right-wing political agenda in Tallahassee. The GOP leadership once reprimanded him for using the word "uterus" during floor debate on an abortion bill.

Randolph, who also serves as chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, says he'll focus on getting Democrats elected and in fighting "the radical agenda of the current legislative leadership in Tallahassee." He plans to seek the chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party in 2013.

Mack taps campaign co-chairs

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack announced co-chairs for his U.S. Senate campaign: Allan Bense; Jeb Bush Jr.; Charles Bronson; Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos; Bill McCollum; Miya Burt-Stewart; Stanley Tate; and Sen. John Thrasher. "I am proud that these distinguished conservative leaders from all across Florida have agreed to lead my campaign to balance America's budget and stand up for America's constitutional rights," Mack said in a statement. "These are the areas in which Bill Nelson has most failed us, and I am confident that with this team, we will be able to defeat the Obama-Nelson liberal agenda."

Siplin draws $3,000 fine

State Sen. Gary Siplin has agreed to a $3,000 fine stemming from violations during his 2008 campaign, the News Service of Florida reported. Siplin is accused of leaving out information on campaign-finance reports and accepting an illegal contribution.

Times staff writers Steve Bousquet and Tia Mitchell contributed to this report.

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