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“Let the Games Begin”

May 18th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crists decision to run for the US Senate last week has opened a flood gate of potential candidates for 5 statewide offices in 2010. CFO Alex Sink became the first Democrat to say she was running for Governor last week, and this morning, Attorney General Bill McCollum became the first Republican to seek the states top job. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, with the McCullom and Sink announcements, comes of long list of statewide wannabes.

Not since Lawton Chiles walked from one end of the state to the other, and Reubin Askew was a dark horse from Pensacola in 1970, has there been this much upheaval in statewide politics.

5 Statewide offices are up for grabs, and there are plenty of people reaching out.

As many as 6 people say they could be Attorney General
A Former CFO may want the job back, but three others want it too.
Even the Agriculture Commissioners job has sparked some heat.

Political Scientist Lance DeHaven Smith says all of the interest will make the competition for campaign cash fierce.

Everything is tight these days, says deHaven Smith, and companies and PACs and lobbyists dont have as much money as they would have normally.

Ironically, Both parties are trying to limit primary competition for the states top job.

Democrats are uniting behind Alex Sink. The GOP is pushing Bill McCullom.
Party insiders have told Ag Commission Charles Bronson to stay out, but hes still considering his options.

Ive got to finish up my calls and get my final marching orders from the commanding general at home, who has been with me through a lot of battles, to see if I can convince her that we ought to do this says Bronson.

Democrats out number Republicans by 6 hundred thousand, but 2010 is an off year election, which could drive down turnout.

Commissioner Bronson says he will make an announcement on entering the Governors race before the week is up.

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