Early Analysis of FL Gov Race

September 7, 2006

This from Political Wire


      In Florida, Crist to Face Davis for Governor

      CQ Politics says the results of yesterday’s primary elections for

governor “suggest that the Republican nominee, state Attorney General

Charlie Crist, may be entering the nine-week general election campaign a

step ahead of his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Jim Davis.”


      Crist defeated his challenger, Tom Gallagher (R), 64% to 34%, while

Davis won his primary fight against Rod Smith (D) by a much smaller margin,

47% to 41%.


      Meanwhile, Hotline On Call notes Democratic turnout was much lower

than Republican turnout. Was it the rain in Democratic areas of the state?

Or are Democrats not as motivated to vote?


RO Note: Dems are emailing me saying the low Democratic turnout just means the Dems didn’t care who opposed Crist. They will still come out in big numbers in Nov. Expect to see Dems push Davis as a family man (one wife, good kids)  vs. Crist – divorced, single guy.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush, Tom Gallagher and Charlie Crist are hitting the campaign trail as one happy GOP team. Folks, Crist will be hard to beat.




2 Responses to “Early Analysis of FL Gov Race”

  1. Joe Says:

    With Katherine Harris on the ticket, I’d say we can expect a pretty hefty Democratic turnout this November. She’s running for Senate, of course, but I expect Davis will reap some benefit as well. Will it be enough?

  2. blah Says:

    I talked with a guy who was covering Davis coming to Orlando yesterday- He says that he has covered GOv races for 12 plus years, and he was shocked that the only people who were in attendance for Davis….outside of mayor Buddy Dyer- one solo supporter-

    Meanwhile today’s event for Crist was well over 200 people- I agree with you Rick, Crist has HUGE momentum-

    Also on a side note, 98,000 dems who voted in the primary, didn’t vote for Davis or Smith, I would be scared if I was a Dem

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