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A second term as governor would bring big tests for Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE — Supporters of Gov. Rick Scott say that if you liked his first term in office, you'll love his second. But critics say that if Scott is liberated from having to face voters again, he'll revert to the divisiveness that marked his first year in office.

Scott, 61, hopes to make history next month and join Jeb Bush as Florida's only two-term Republican governors. As millions of voters cast mail ballots from Key West to Pensacola, polls show a tight race between Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist.

In pursuit of a second term, Scott promises to pour more money into education, environmental protection, airports and seaports and to cut taxes by up to $1 billion — a plan that requires approval of the Legislature and voters. He also says his top priority of creating jobs will stay the same.

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