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Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, who is leaving the Florida House to focus on heading up the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, is backing attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner over banker Jay Fant to replace him.

"Paul fought for America in Desert Storm and Afghanistan, and he fought crime as a state prosecutor,” said Davis on Wednesday. “He's the proven, trusted leader we need fighting for us in Tallahassee.”
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Former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in next month’s primary despite spending most of his political career in the GOP, launched a new television ad on Wednesday, hitting Gov. Rick Scott on education.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., pointed to two conflicting federal appeals court rulings over subsidies in President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law and said it proved the law was badly written. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in a 2-1 decision that the IRS overextended subsidies for Americans who bought health care through the federal government’s online marketplace. But, later in the day, in another case, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subsidies, ensuring the matter will be examined higher up the federal judiciary ladder.
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Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera is increasingly going on the attack as he looks to defend Gov. Rick Scott against former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite in next month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Having hit Crist earlier in the week on his economic record, Lopez-Cantera went after the new Democrat on Wednesday for supporting more ties to Cuba.
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A poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday shows a close race in the Florida gubernatorial contest with the Libertarian candidate proving to be a major factor.

The poll shows former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite to win the Democratic primary next month despite spending most of his political life as a Republican, leading with 39 percent with Gov. Rick Scott right behind him with 37 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 9 percent.
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Former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., continues to go all out for U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who is running against U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, R-Ark., in November.

West sent out an email to supporters on Tuesday in which he agrees with national pundits’ assessment that the GOP needs to beat Pryor to flip the Senate.
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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new line of attack on Tuesday against former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite in next month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary despite holding three statewide offices as a Republican. Defending Gov. Rick Scott, the RPOF launched a new webpage insisting Crist has offered nothing in terms of policy proposals.
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Trying to catch former Gov. Charlie Crist in next month’s Democratic gubernatorial primary, former Florida Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich compared him to Gov. Rick Scott on Monday. Noting Crist had spent most of his political life in the GOP, Rich insisted he and Scott were two peas in a pod. Rich pointed to a video of Scott putting off answering questions and compared it to Crist’s refusal to debate her.
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Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, is looking to expand even more into the new media world. Building off his “Ron Paul Channel,” the three-time presidential candidate launched “Voices of Liberty” on Tuesday.

“As Voices of Liberty, we further amplify the messages of the freedom movement through engaging videos and insightful news coverage,” Paul announced on Tuesday. “There are some major changes coming that will allow you to become an integral part of the movement by making your voice truly matter.
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Facing a primary challenge from former Navy officer Ryman Shoaf next month, U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., brought out the First Coast’s GOP leadership behind him at an event on Monday.

Crenshaw unveiled the endorsements of a host of Republicans including state Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville, state Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham and Atlantic Beach Mayor Carolyn Woods.
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