Marc Caputo, Miami Herald

Marc Caputo

Marc Caputo covers state politics for the Miami Herald, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Times.

Email: mcaputo@miamiherald.com

Twitter: @MarcACaputo

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  1. Rick Scott 45%, Charlie Crist 43% in Dem poll

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    Florida’s race for governor is as tight as ever, with Gov. Rick Scott getting 45 percent support and Democrat Charlie Crist 43 percent from likely voters, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning polling firm Schroth Eldon & Associates.

    The Republican’s 2 percentage-point lead is well within the 800 voter survey’s 3.5 percentage-point margin of error – like every other recent major poll in this race....

  2. Nearly 2.2m have voted early; Dems nibbling into GOP lead

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    There's a good chance that more than one-third of the likely Florida voters in this year's midterms have already voted now that nearly 2.2 million have cast mail-in absentee and in-person early ballots..

    Republicans still hold a sizable lead over Democrats in total pre-Election Day ballots cast: about 141,000, or 6.5 percentage points. 

    Yesterday morning, the GOP lead by nearly 143,000 or 7.2 percentage points....

  3. In Florida's early vote wars, Rick Scott leading but Charlie Crist gaining

    State Roundup

    The race for Florida governor is tied in the polls, but the past week has brought more good numbers for Democrat Charlie Crist than Gov. Rick Scott.

    After the first full week of in-person early voting, Democrats have started to eat into Republicans' lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots — a margin in the GOP's favor of 138,000 of more than 1.8 million cast statewide.

    In 2010, Republicans led Democrats by 12 percentage points in ballots cast before Election Day, when Scott went on to beat Democrat Alex Sink by just over 1 percent of the vote. As of Monday, the Republican lead for this election was about 7.6 percentage points....

    Early voters head into the Jimmie Keel Public Library located at 2902 W Bearss Ave in Tampa on Monday . [SKIP O'ROURKE  |   Times]
  4. Dems continue to gain on GOP in pre-Election Day votes

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    South Florida in-person early voting turnout might have been relatively lighter than expected this weekend, but Democrats for the first time this election still topped Republicans in pre-Election Day ballot casting at the polls in the entire state....

  5. GOP early-ballot lead still big, but slightly falling

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    Nearly 1.75 million Floridians have cast absentee and in-person early votes as of Sunday morning with Republicans still well in front of Democrats when it comes to pre-Election Day voting.

    Total GOP lead over Democrats: 147,162, or 8.4 percentage points.

    Yesterday's GOP lead was ever-so-slightly larger: 147,186, or about 9.2 percentage points.

    Democrats will gloat that they're on a good trajectory and that the Republican margin now is smaller at this time in the election than in 2010. Republicans will take comfort in knowing Democrats are nowhere near their 2012 numbers, that a lead is a lead and that with the first full weekend day of in-person early voting, Democrats are still losing in this category of getting people to the polls....

  6. Scott-Crist nears $100m in ad spending. 11 days to go

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    Wanna make $96 million disappear into thin air?

    Then get into the business of making and running TV ads for the Florida governor's race, where about $12.7 million in broadcast and cable buys has been dropped since last week.

    The election team for Gov. Rick Scott, who admitted this week to tapping his personal millions as a campaign “investment,” plopped down almost $7.6 million for current and future ads since Oct. 17. That's 60 percent of the total increase. Democrat Charlie Crist's team put in another $5.1 million, or 40 percent. Crist has reserved air time through next week. Scott has bought through Nov. 4, Election Day....

  7. GOP leads in early votes, Dems slowly closing margin

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    About 1.5 million pre-Election Day ballots had been cast as of Friday morning and the Republican advantage over Democrats is slowly eroding in terms of a percentage advantage.

    Yesterday morning, Democrats were down 10.8 percentage points compared to Republican ballots cast. Now, Democrats are down 9.8 percentage points.

    That's the first time since votes have been posted Oct. 6 that the Republican advantage has been cut to below 10 points. On Oct. 6, when overseas ballots (mainly military) were coming in, the GOP advantage was 20.5 percentage points....

  8. Marco Rubio becomes Rick Scott's latest Spanish-language TV ad spokesman

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    First there was Jeb Bush. Then Luis Fortuño and Maurice Ferre. Now Marco Rubio takes the mic for Gov. Rick Scott in his latest Spanish-language spot.

    The translation:

    I was the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the first two years of Charlie Crist as governor… it was a disaster, property values falling, people losing their jobs, very high unemployment rates. We can’t let this state to go back to where it was just five, six years ago, when he was governor, and we did not have any serious solutions. The only way for Barack Obama and Charlie Crist to be able to win is for you not to vote. I vote in this county and in a few minutes I will go to vote for Rick Scott and I urge you all to do the same....

  9. Gov. Rick Scott says he'll spend his own money in Florida governor's race

    State Roundup

    Florida's high-dollar, mean-spirited race for governor remained exactly tied in a new poll Wednesday, with 1.2 million voters already casting ballots and Gov. Rick Scott finally admitting he'll spend some of his personal millions to win.

    Scott has spent the past few days ducking questions about whether he'll spend his own money — and now he won't say how much he has or will spend against Democrat Charlie Crist....

    Florida governor's race remains deadlocked with Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist each getting just 42 percent of the vote in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University. [Will Dickey/Pool via The New York Times]
  10. Crist and Scott deadlocked at 42 percent each in Q poll

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    From a press release:

    Women and men are polar opposites in the Florida governor’s race, as likely voters split 42 – 42 percent between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist, running as a Democrat, with 7 percent for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    This compares to results of a September 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University, showing Gov. Scott with 44 percent of likely voters, Crist with 42 percent and Wyllie with 8 percent....

  11. More than 1 million Floridians have cast ballots by mail or early voting

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    More than 1 million Floridians have cast pre-Election Day ballots now that early in-person voting began Monday while mail-in absentee ballots continue to pour in.

    Right now, it looks like good news for Republicans. They're still out-voting Democrats, who tend to dominate early voting just as Republicans do at absentee voting.

    "The first day of early voting is in the books, and Charlie Crist's campaign is in complete meltdown," Gov. Rick Scott's deputy campaign manager, Tim Saler, wrote in a memo Tuesday morning to donors....

  12. Studying Gov. Rick Scott's style, from Columbia/HCA to governor

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    From his poor poll numbers to his formidable fortune, Rick Scott's political standing revolves around Columbia/HCA.

    Scott was once hailed as a "wunderkind" for making the hospital chain the largest health care company in America. Then, he became a pariah after he and his company were investigated for Medicare fraud, leading to his ouster in 1997.

    Today, Scott avoids even mentioning the words "Columbia/HCA."...

    Rick Scott was once hailed as a "wunderkind" for making Columbia/HCA the largest health care company in America. Then, he became a pariah after he and his company were investigated for Medicare fraud, leading to his ouster in 1997. [AP photo]
  13. GOP vote advantage is 14 points

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    More than 888,000 absentee ballots had already been cast of Monday morning when early in-person voting began in Florida.

    Right now, Republicans lead Democrats 49-35 percent in terms of absentee ballots cast by party. That 14 percentage point margin is lower than it was in 2010 but it’s far higher than in 2012.

    Democrats typically excel at early voting while Republicans dominate voting by mail....

  14. Rick Scott now says he may spend his own money on reelection

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    n 2012, Gov. Rick Scott was clear about plowing his personal fortunes into his reelection campaign: “I won’t have to.”

    But now that Democrat Charlie Crist outraised him 6:1 last week, Scott appears ready to open his personal piggy bank. He has spent $56.5 million on ads (at least two-thirds of them negative) to Crist’s $26.5 million (also heavily negative) yet he and Crist remain tied....

  15. Did Crist break debate rules? Not so clear

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    Amy Sherman at PolitiFact Florida had the unenviable task today of pouring through debate rules to determine if Democrat Charlie Crist broke the rules of Wednesday night's debate when someone from his campaign put a fan at his lectern.

    Was it a clear violation of the rules? Depends.

    "By Monday night, there were two separate signed agreements: one by the Scott campaign that excluded fans and one by the Crist campaign that had a handwritten addition allowing the fan. There was no follow-up, either written or in conversation, about who would get to decide if a fan was necessary."...