(CNN) - The two candidates for Florida governor came out swinging in their final debate, which was co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida.
Accusations from both sides flew fast and early in the debate, moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, as both candidates immediately began leveling their now-familiar lines of attack in one of the most hotly contested races in the country.
Tampa (CNN) – Alex Sink’s campaign violated rules Monday evening at the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Florida gubernatorial debate when her make-up artist delivered a message during a television break.
Sink, the Democratic nominee, was shown a two-sentence message on a cell phone that offered her advice during the debate. Republican nominee Rick Scott who was sitting next to her in this nationally televised debate, noticed the violation and notified a CNN official, who approached the make-up artist and Sink and confiscated the cell phone.
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Candidates in the race and on stage: Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott
(CNN) - Democrat Alex Sink will debate Republican Rick Scott on Monday, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.
The debate, co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida will be moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."
(CNN) - Rick Scott, Florida's Republican nominee for governor, received the endorsement of his former rival Friday.
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum endorsed Scott after a divisive Republican battle that pitted the two against each other earlier this year.
"Our state needs conservative leaders who will grow our economy and create jobs," McCollum said in a statement. "With this in mind, I will cast my vote for Rick Scott for Governor. It's the better choice for Florida."
(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink has pulled to within one point of her GOP opponent and has taken a massive lead among independent voters in the Sunshine State, according to a new poll.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday indicates that former health care executive Rick Scott, the Republican nominee, holds a 45 to 44 percent lead among likely voters over Sink, the state's chief financial officer. A Quinnipiac poll conducted at the end of September put Scott's lead at six points.
Independent voters, who in the previous Quinnipiac poll backed Scott by a 46 to 40 percent margin, now support Sink by a whopping 17 points, 51 to 34 percent.
(CNN) - Is Alex Sink sinking? Maybe not.
A new Mason-Dixon poll released Friday indicates Florida's Democratic gubernatorial nominee holds a small lead over her GOP challenger, Rick Scott. Still, though, the two candidates are statistically tied.
Forty-four percent of likely voters say they support Sink, while 40 percent say they'll back Scott. Three percent support other candidates and 13 percent are undecided.
(CNN) – A second straight poll in Florida shows Democrat Alex Sink faltering in her gubernatorial bid.
The survey from Quinnipiac University shows Republican Rick Scott, the controversial former health care CEO, with a 49 to 43 percent advantage over Sink, the state's chief financial officer.
But the two candidates have nearly identical favorability ratings, suggesting Sink may be most hindered by her Democratic affiliation in what appears to be a Republican year.