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WSJ: Kendrick Meek may stand a chance in Florida if Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio split the conservative vote.

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Second national publication in a week to say as much: Republicans in Washington are increasingly fidgety about developments in the U.S. Senate race in Florida. The bad news is that Republican consultants are whispering that the contest between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist could split the GOP vote, handing the seat to Democrat Kendrick Meek. The Florida seat is must-win for Republicans if they are to have any hope of a Senate majority in the fall. The good news, Republican…

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Time: How Florida’s forgotten Democrat could win the Senate race

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From Time Magazine: It’s only June, but Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest is already shaping up as a race to remember. It will have Republican Marco Rubio, the young and formerly unsung conservative who is now widely viewed as the Barack Obama of the tea party movement. It will have Governor Charlie Crist, the former Republican shoo-in who fled the GOP to run as an independent after it became clear that Rubio was cleaning his clock. And it will have…

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Time: How Florida’s forgotten Democrat could win the Senate race

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From Time Magazine: It’s only June, but Florida’s three-way U.S. Senate contest is already shaping up as a race to remember. It will have Republican Marco Rubio, the young and formerly unsung conservative who is now widely viewed as the Barack Obama of the tea party movement. It will have Governor Charlie Crist, the former Republican shoo-in who fled the GOP to run as an independent after it became clear that Rubio was cleaning his clock. And it will have…

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As Independent, Charlie Crist shows Democratic look

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It’s a pretty good checklist for a Democratic candidate trying to shore up his base as he heads to the fall elections: Standing up for gay members of the military services. Opposing more restrictions on abortions. Calling for a ban on oil drilling off Florida’s shores. Rejecting a bill that would have eliminated tenure for school teachers. Appealing to AFL-CIO members for their union’s endorsement. Yet, these are the recent moves of Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican who is…

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What does Charlie Crist stand for? His website says a lot…

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After a weekend in which Charlie Crist earned the endorsement of Florida’s teachers, but not the AFL-CIO, and saw him position himself to go after the backing of the Sierra Club, even the governor’s most ardent supporters have to wonder what will Crist not do to gain a political advantage.  Crist is certainly enjoying his newfound Independent status, but have his core beliefs changed? Not according to his website, at least. Take a look at the meta-tags in the source…

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Snubbed by AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist now seeking endorsement of, um, Sierra Club

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Asked if he was disappointed he was not endorsed by the Florida AFL-CIO, Charlie Crist said: “I don’t think at all. It would have been nice, obviously, that’s why I went there. But I was awfully proud and pleased to get the teachers’ support. It’s all about getting the support of the people.” Crist, who wooed the unions at their annual meeting this weekend, said he’d welcome the support of other groups, including environmentalists such as the Sierra Club, according…

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What’s this? Charles Gerdes wins AFL-CIO endorsement, opts to not endorse Janet Long

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Last week I reported that Gerdes had won the AFL-CIO endorsement (The Buzz got this after I did and didn’t even give me credit. Tsk, tsk). Well, I just got off the phone with Rich Templin at the AFL-CIO and he confirms that one-time longshot, now contender Charles Gerdes, is, in fact, the favorite of both Labor and the Teachers. Have they forgotten about Rick Kriseman? What’s going on in District 53? Another interesting decision by the AFL-CIO was its non-decision…

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