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  •  It bothers me ... a lot ... (1+ / 0-)
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    that "Chain Gang Charlie" Crist, who hasn't abandoned his Republican views on anything, is considered the best choice for the Democratic Party in Florida. It just shows that most of the people who call themselves "Democrats" in this state are really just unreconstructed Dixiecrats. Real Democrats will not control anything in this state for a very, very, very long time - and by then, it will be too late for Florida to recover anything it has already lost and will continue to lose as Republicans (including the ones who call themselves Democrats) continue to trash my home state. Given the choice between Crist or Scott, I would have to vote for Crist - benign neglect of the state's needs being better, after all, than the malign destruction visited upon us by Gov. Scott. But I would be very depressed about casting that vote. Yes, Crist switched to the Democratic Party. But he is not, in any way that really matters, a Democrat. As a lifelong resident of this beautiful state, which gets less beautiful and less livable by the day, it makes me weep.

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:13:38 PM PST

    •  Florida is rapidly becoming bluer (1+ / 0-)
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      At the federal level, Alan Grayson, Patrick Murphy and Joe Garcia defeated incumbent representatives and Lois Frankel was victorious in a nascent district.

      Hispanics are flowing into the I-4 corridor, which includes Orlando. A large percentage of these immigrants are Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens who can vote right now.

      Republican Daniel Webster in District 10 won solely 51.8% of the votes in the corridor in 2012. With vigorous efforts to register Hispanics between now and 2014 and an commitment to get them to the polls on election day, Webster can be defeated as can Vern Buchanan of District 16 (Sarasota), who won 53.6% of the vote in 2012. Even Steve Southerland of District 2 (Tallahassee) can be defeated in 2014. He won 52.7% of the vote in 2012.

      State office holders in corresponding areas can also be defeated.

      •  Correction (0+ / 0-)

        Alan Grayson won in a red district, but the incumbent of District 9, Gus Bilirakis, did not run in the realigned district in 2012.

        •  The new FL-09 (0+ / 0-)

          Is very blue. Obama won it 62-37. Also, Grayson did not beat an incumbent—the seat was a brand-new seat created by reapportionment. He defeated Some Dude Todd Long, who was an utter no-hoper who raised no money.

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          by David Nir on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 07:57:36 PM PST

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          •  Read the correction (0+ / 0-)

            It states that Grayson did not defeat an incumbent.

            The previous District 9 was red. You are current that the current District 9 is blue.

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