Former Governor Bob Martinez Weighs in On Florida GOP Senate Race

01/25/10 Kate Bradshaw
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The question of who will represent the GOP in the race Florida’s open US Senate Seat late this November signifies, to many, a rift among republicans both in the Sunshine State and nationwide.

WMNF spoke with one veteran of Florida politics about how former state house speaker Marco Rubio has been gaining on governor Charlie Crist in the polls.

This year’s GOP senate primary has moved into the national spotlight. It pits Rubio, an ultra-conservative who appeals to right wing extremists, against Governor Crist, who has historically been a moderate Republican. With Rubio apparently catching up to Crist in the polls – and with one December poll having them tied – both Republican and Democratic moderates are starting to take the former house speaker’s Senate bid more seriously.

Former Florida Governor Bob Martinez, a Republican from Tampa who served from 1987 to 1991, says that such a gain is to be expected. "Clearly, it was always going to be competitive."

He added that it’s much too early to tell who will win the primary, "there's a lot of time in that campaign. You're looking at seven months before the primary."

The Florida GOP Senate Primary is scheduled for August 24th.

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