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Using his Allen West Guardian Fund PAC, former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., went to bat for Glo Smith, the Republican candidate running against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., on Wednesday. West included Smith in his “races to watch” list in addition to the 14 candidates he endorsed.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the stump for Gov. Rick Scott and lashed out at former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat in the race, saying “I’ve never met someone in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.”

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Bill Herrle, the executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Florida chapter, came out swinging at former Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday. Herrle pointed to Crist saying in Tuesday night’s debate against Gov. Rick Scott that he was for raising the minimum wage even if it led to job loss.

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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater holds a commanding lead over Democratic rival William Rankin according to a new poll.

St. Leo University released a poll of likely voters on Wednesday which shows 50 percent backing Atwater, 35 percent behind Rankin and the remaining 15 percent undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is cruising to a second term according to a poll released on Wednesday.

A poll of likely voters from St. Leo University shows Putnam with 51 percent while Democrat Thad Hamilton takes 35 percent and 14 percent remain undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi holds a solid lead over her rivals in a poll released on Wednesday from St. Leo University.

Bondi takes 47 percent of likely voters in the poll while former DCF Sec. George Sheldon garners 39 percent. Tallahassee attorney Bill Wohlsifer takes 6 percent on the Libertarian line while 8 percent remain undecided.

The poll of 500 likely voters was taken from Oct. 16-Oct. 19 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist has the lead over Gov. Rick Scott in a poll released on Wednesday.

The poll from St. Leo University shows Crist taking 43 percent with Scott within the margin of error at 40 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie garners 8 percent while 9 percent remain undecided. When Wyllie is taken out of the mix, Scott moves up to tie Crist with each candidate taking 45 percent.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) pounced on former Gov. Charlie Crist’s comment in Tuesday night’s debate with Gov. Rick Scott that a minimum wage hike was “worth it” even if it meant job loss.

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The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) launched a new TV ad on Wednesday, hitting Democratic gubernatorial candidate former Gov. Charlie Crist. The ad hits Crist as a “career politician who didn’t believe in anything” with “no core values.” Crist draws fire in the ad for leaving the GOP in 2010 to run for the U.S. Senate with no party affiliation before joining the Democrats in 2012.

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From his perch on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Cuba taking part in the seventh Summit of the Amercias which will be held in Panama. In the letter, which was written on Tuesday, Rubio accused the Obama administration of sending “mixed messages” on whether Cuba should take part in the summit.

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