Friday, October 20, 2006


Only a couple of newspaper endorsements to wrap up the work week...

The Gainesville Sun endorsed State Senator Walter G. "Skip" Campbell, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale in his campaign to become Florida's next Attorney General. The Sun says, "Of the two candidates, Campbell seems best suited to follow in the footsteps of AGs like Butterworth. In the Legislature he was a very effective lawmaker who worked on tough issues like insurance and tort reform, identity theft and consumer protection. Despite being a member of the minority party, he was able to collaborate effectively with the Republican majority".

In Melbourne, Florida Today offered it's recommendation to readers to reelect Charles Bronson as Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services in a short editorial.

The latest Mason Dixon Polling & Research survey has been released, less than three weeks before the general election. In the governor's race, it shows Republican Charlie Crist leading Democratic gubernatorial opponent Jim Davis by 11 points at 50-39 percent with only 9 percent still undecided. Davis is closing slightly compared to the 51-36 percent margin from three weeks ago, but he still have a lot of work to do if he hopes to defeat the incumbant attorney general.

It shows that Crist leads among independents --- one group that the Davis/Jones ticket really needs --- by five percentage points. The only region that Davis leads is the traditional Democratic stronghold of South Florida (West Palm Beach/Fort Lauderdale/Miami).

Close to home Crist enjoys his largest leads lead in the Tampa Bay area 53-38 percent, and in Central Florida at 53-35 percent.


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