Ex-Gov. Crist leads Gov. Scott by 8 points in poll

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, shakes hands with outgoing Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, left, and outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist, center, in 2011. Crist may once again meet up against Scott for the top seat in Florida government.

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AP File Photo/Chris O’Meara Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, shakes hands with outgoing Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, left, and outgoing Gov. Charlie Crist, center, in 2011. Crist may once again meet up against Scott for the top seat in Florida government.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Gov. Charlie Crist is leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott by 8 points in a poll released Thursday.

The poll by Quinnipiac University also found that 54 percent do not think Scott deserves a second term as governor and that 41 percent approve of the job he's doing.

The gap between Scott and Crist is closer than it was in a poll taken in March 2013, when Crist led by 16 points.

But the gap has remained relatively unchanged since November, when the last poll showed Scott trailing Crist by 7 points.

"At least for now, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's comeback against his major Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, has stalled after considerably narrowing the Crist lead in 2013," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Crist, a former Republican who eventually switched to the Democratic Party, formally announced in November that he was challenging Scott. Scott's campaign immediately ran television ads bashing Crist. Since then the Republican Party of Florida also has been criticizing Crist on a daily basis.

Scott does not mention Crist directly by name, but he constantly tries to remind voters that the state's unemployment rate went up in the four years before he took office in 2011.

Yet the poll shows that by a 53-to-36 percent margin, voters approve of the job that Crist did as governor.

Scott, who narrowly won election in 2010, has struggled with lackluster poll ratings during his entire term. But in anticipation of a tough re-election, Scott and his campaign have aggressively raised millions of dollars and built up a sizable campaign account.

The poll found that voters prefer Scott over another Democratic challenger — former state Sen. Nan Rich — by 41 percent to 37 percent.

The poll also found that 73 percent support raising the state's minimum wage from the current $7.93 an hour. Democrats have come out in favor of the idea, but Scott and other Republicans are opposed.

Quinnipiac polled 1,565 registered voters from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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Konfuzius writes:

GOP downfall! No surprise!

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Good. Rick Scott is the definition of an empty suit. Hopefully the lead will last this time.

1Paradiselost writes:

"Before Rick Scott was elected governor of Florida, he was implicated in one of the biggest Medicare fraud cases in history. Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA when it was fined $1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government. Later, Scott invoked the Fifth Amendment 75 times in a 2000 deposition in a later civil case.

Well, Scott is out of the business of defrauding the federal government of funds for health care, but he is now in the business of depriving Floridians of federal funds dedicated to helping them get better, or any, health care at all. In a way, Scott is still doing what he was doing. But for less direct profit now".

See it here.....


Konfuzius writes:

However - GOP is on downfall.
That is good for America!

Ruger writes:

Looks like Gov. Scott's (41%) poll ratings are higher than Obama's (39%). LOL!



And don't expect fair reporting from the media in Florida, they might even post youtube links as sources (like the 'progressive liberal' posters on this site).


Comparing Hollingsworth and Greer, Greer’s conduct was substantially worse and merited federal prison time. Greer’s misconduct, unlike Hollingsworth’s, occurred while he held political power. Greer had a much longer, closer personal relationship with Crist than Hollingsworth has with Scott. And Greer appear to have engaged in at least some of his misconduct at the express direction of Crist. Nevertheless, the Florida media are attempting to turn Hollingsworth’s conduct into a scandal for Scott after sweeping under the rug Crist’s more direct connection to Greer’s criminal misconduct.

1Paradiselost writes:

Chris Christie Knew About George Washington Bridge Closures, Letter Claims

"The attorney of a former Port Authority official who oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closures has sent a letter claiming that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was aware of the closures.

The New York Times obtained a copy of the document from Alan Zegas, lawyer of David Wildstein, which was sent to the Port Authority. The letter alleges that the lane closures were the "Christie administration’s order” and that evidence exists that is "contrary" to Christie's Jan. 9 press conference, where he claimed he was unaware.

In addition, the letter also states that “Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some." The letter makes no reference as to what those inaccuracies may be, or even if they are related to the George Washington Bridge scandal.

While Wildstein's allegation is potentially explosive, it is worth noting that he is currently seeking a plea deal. The letter was written in part to ask the Port Authority to pay his legal fees".


FROM: Tina I...
"He's done. I knew that as soon as his aides are subpoenaed they will incriminate him. There is no way that this went on without his knowledge, and ultimately multiple people will testify to that.

It is unfortunate that we have a politician who would actually punish his constituents with lane closures that can endanger their lives just because they and their Mayor are Democrats.

This polarization caused by the republican party and has become worse with the Tea Party, has gone so far, that they can't see that they are hurting regular people, citizens who ultimately they HAVE to serve regardless of how they vote.

They have been blinded by hate and stopped being public servants, and instead are public tyrants--a nuisance that we Americans need to vote out of office".

From: Martin W....
"In spite of our collective short attention span - other shoes are going to keep dropping. Governor Christie's Whitehouse aspirations are done - stick a fork in 'em?.

From: James Weider....
Don't you just love these republicans who are supposed to be "the party of responsibility." Any time one of their own is accused or found guilty of something, it's all "the liberals" fault.


1Paradiselost writes:

New poll on Florida governor's race: Charlie Crist 46%, Rick Scott 38%

I guess Scott's approval numbers are now lower than Obumers!

"The central message of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign that he's the one best suited to keep improving Florida's economy so far isn't convincing most Floridians, a new poll shows.

Despite the governor and state GOP every day pounding home the message that his policies are revving up the state's economy that tanked under Gov. Charlie Crist, a narrow majority of Florida voters, 47 percent to 42 percent, say likely Democratic nominee Crist would do a better job handling jobs and the economy than Scott.

Overall, 46 percent of those surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll said they would vote for Crist today, and 38 percent said Scott. Fiftyfour percent — including nearly 1 in 4 Republicans — said Scott does not deserve a second term, and 38 percent said he deserves re-election".


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