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Money Buys Respect in Political Polling

June 10th, 2010 by Mike Vasilinda

New polling shows millionaires Rick Scott and Jeff Greene either leading or tied in their respective primaries for the US Senate and the Governors Mansion. Both have spent millions introducing themselves to voters and as Mike Vasilinda tells us its working.

It doesnt matter what channels you watch, if youve turned on a TV in the last month, youve met two new people.

Combined, Greene and Scott have spent more than 10 million dollars telling voters who they are, and a Quinnipiac poll says it is paying off.

Rick Scott, who two months ago no one outside his immediate family had ever heard of, now holds a double-digit lead over Bill McCollum in the race for the Republican nomination for governor,” Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown said.

Greenes millions have pulled him to a statistical dead heat with Democratic frontrunner Kendrick Meek. Right now the winner in the Senate primary is still undecided, with 37 percent.

In the case of both big-spenders, theyve gained traction, while the other side has not responded.

A shadowy 527, Alliance For America’s Future, has already spent more than a million attacking Scott for McCollum. FSU Political Scientist Bob Jackson thinks Meek and McCollum will have to come out swinging sooner than later.

Charlie Crist kind of learned the lesson that you maybe dont want to wait too long and enable someone to kind of define yourself and define the campaign,” Jackson said. “So McCollum will no doubt begin to go on the air to the extent that he can over the next few weeks here.

Both Scott and Greene have controversial past careers, so hang on to your seats, the mud is going to fly this summer…and beyond.

Bill McCollum has started running ads rebutting Rick Scotts claims. So far, the Kendrick Meek campaign has been ignoring Greene.

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