CNN Chief National Correspondent John King co-hosts the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Florida gubernatorial debate on a special edition of "John King, USA" live at 7 p.m. EST. We'll be live blogging throughout the hour RIGHT HERE.
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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.
(CNN) - The Florida Democratic Party is out Wednesday with two ads supporting Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink.
One is a mostly positive ad in which Sink takes a shot at her opponent's previous leadership of a health care company.
"I know Floridians have a lot of questions about Rick Scott," Sink says in the ad. "The company he ran was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud against seniors and taxpayers. On the other hand the Florida bank I led [made] $1.7 billion in loans to small businesses. Newspapers say I ran my company with honesty and integrity."
Washington (CNN) - Democrat Alex Sink accepted an invitation Wednesday to debate Republican Rick Scott next month, 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 take place on Oct. 25, and moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will be held one day after CNN, the Times and USF co-host a Senate debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the same location on the University's Tampa campus.
The Florida governor's race is considered to be one of the most hotly contested contests of the midterm election cycle. It pits Sink, the state's Chief Financial Officer, against Scott, a billionaire health executive who shocked the GOP establishment to win his party's nomination. Scott had already accepted the sponsors' invitation to participate in the debate.
The Sink and Scott debate will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."
The Senate debate between Gov. Charlie Crist, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio and Rep. Kendrick Meek will be shown live at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 on a special edition of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." The race for the open Florida Senate seat is also one of the most closely watched races of the year. It features Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party earlier this year to launch an independent bid for Senate, the Republican up-and-comer Rubio and the highly respected Democratic congressman Meek.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) – There was supposed to be a $50 million elephant in the room when Rick Scott addressed an audience of Florida Republican elites on Friday as the party's gubernatorial nominee.
That's the amount Scott, formerly the CEO of the country's largest private health-care chain, shelled out during his four-month primary battle against Bill McCollum.
The race quickly spiraled into negativity as both candidates traded charges, mostly via the state's expensive television air waves, about each other's character. McCollum, still stinging, has not yet endorsed Scott.
But at the Florida GOP's quarterly meeting, held at a pair of Disney World hotels on Friday and Saturday, there was little outward resentment toward Scott, a first-time candidate who never toiled in the party trenches like McCollum and his party allies.
"There's incredible enthusiasm with all our candidates," asserted Republican Party of Florida chairman John Thrasher, who feuded publicly with Scott during the primary over a television ad criticizing the state party. "Rick Scott and I have a great relationship."