Skip to main content

Former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist answers a question during the University of Southern California's Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy inaugural Symposium in Los Angeles, California, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED
Kevin Derby of the Sunshine State News reports that Rick Scott, Charlie Crist Tied in New Poll, according to a poll by Gravis Marketing released on Friday.
The poll finds both Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist running even, taking 37 percent apiece. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed -- 26 percent -- remain undecided.

Most polls have shown the race tightening up as the double-digit lead Crist had last year has vanished.

The poll of 859 registered voters was taken from Aug. 14-24 and had a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Of those voters, 73 percent of them identified themselves as “very likely” to vote while 17 percent said they were “likely to vote” and 10 percent were “somewhat likely to vote.” Most of the sample -- 80 percent -- was collected via phone but the remainder came from Internet panels.

Governor Scott's campaign has seriously outspent former Governor Crist over recent months in a spending trend likely to continue as major utilities and other big corporate interests open up their checkbooks to increase donations to Scott's campaign.

David Adams of Reuters bring us the news that Florida power utilities fear return of ‘Green Governor' Crist, and are pouring money into Governor Rick Scott's campaign.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks at CPAC FL, 2011.
The election spending is notable in a tight race where the issues of energy and climate change have taken center stage in recent weeks, with both candidates asserting their environmental credentials.

Crist was a darling of clean energy advocates, hosting a climate change summit in 2007 alongside another green Republican, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His focus on clean energy challenged the Florida utilities who are heavily dependant on natural gas and coal, as well as some nuclear.

According to current state records, Florida Power & Light, the state's largest electric utility serving 4.6 million customers, over the last year has given a combined $1.2 million to Scott's political action committee, Let's Get to Work, and the Republican Party of Florida. Duke Energy contributed another $1.2 million to Scott and the Republican Party.

A third company, TECO, contributed $1.15 million to the Republican Party of Florida.

Adams also tells that that under Scott, Florida has dismantled its program of rebates for solar installations. Scott also approved "a plan to let Duke Energy continue billing consumers for $3.2 billion in higher electric rates to pay for two failed power plants."

Reuters reports that the Scott campaign has raised $28 million since November while the Crist campaign has raised $21 million.

Let's see if we can help Crist level the playing field. Florida is an important swing state and is now sitting right on the edge in this tight governor's race. Please donate what you can to help Charlie Crist become the next Democratic governor of Florida.

Charlie Crist's Official Website

Originally posted to PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community on Tue Sep 02, 2014 at 09:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Florida and North & Central Florida Kossacks.

Poll

Do you believe Demoratic candidate Charlie Crist can win the Governor's race helping turn Florida into a blue state?

23%39 votes
55%94 votes
8%15 votes
0%0 votes
1%2 votes
1%2 votes
8%14 votes
1%3 votes

| 169 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site