Republican Rick Scott beats Democrat Alex Sink for Florida Governor
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11/03/10 Seán Kinane
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Republican Rick Scott will be Florida’s next governor. The Democratic nominee announced this morning in Tampa she would not be able to make up the less-than-70,000 vote difference. The race came down to a razor-thin lead, but with votes still to be counted, Democratic candidate Alex Sink said she called Scott to concede the race.

“He will need to work very hard to bring our state together. Because for the future of our state, I hope Rick Scott remembers that there are 2-and-a-half million Floridians who did not vote for him. And that his highest priority has to be to bring our state together to meet our challenges.”

Scott is the former head of the healthcare company Columbia/HCA. It was fined a record $1.7 billion for Medicare and Medicaid fraud under his tenure, but Scott left the company with a golden parachute and escaped prosecution.

In four other state-wide races, Republicans won handily in Florida. Sink attributes her race being so close to her broad base of financial support and volunteers, in contrast with Scott, who contributed $73 million of his personal wealth to the primary and general election campaigns.

“Seventy thousand contributions to our campaign. More than one million volunteer calls were made over the course of the last three weeks to get out the vote. We fought very, very hard.”

In an acceptance speech this afternoon, Scott promised to bring Floridians together to solve the state’s problems.

"There were plenty of pundits, politicians, and insiders who said that this victory was impossible. But the people of Florida knew exactly what they wanted. With this election they sent a message loud and clear. They said 'let's get to work.'"

Scott will replace Governor Charlie Crist, who dropped his affiliation with the Republican Party in an unsuccessful attempt to beat Marco Rubio for Senate.

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Takes one to know one...

Well… I guess the voters wanted someone with experience in Medicare fraud to help identify those vulnerable areas and cut the rising costs of healthcare.

Grand Poobah

Heard a bit of your glum reporting of the election last evening. Mr. Lorei asked the Pinellas reporter if there was any bright spots for the Democrats in that county. His reply was "Sadly no". So much for the myth of your stations objectivity.

For the last time...

WMNF is not objective. Mr Lorei claims to be but obviously isn't. As someone else on here pointed out, if you read their mission statement, it says they are leftist and anti-establishment. Sort of like a bunch of immature anarchists.

learn to read.

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And the beat goes on...

About today's show and the election in general...I once read psychologist have proven that people are motivated more by fear then by joy. Here's the bottom line as I see it... The Republican party is funded by huge corporations who's ONLY interest in life is money. They persuade voters to support their "causes" by inflicting panic and fear. Why? Because it works. They are much better at doing this then the Democrats. Human beings will even vote against their very own personal interest if they are frightened enough. While the corporate agendas keep passing through legislation behind their smoke and mirrors. The only bottom line to them IS their bottom line. I wish I could say that all the duped supporters who vote them in office will get what they deserve. Unfortunately, the repercussions will probably not be discriminatory. And let's be honest, there aren't many politicians out there worth voting for anyway. It's clear that today it's AGGression vs. PROgression. There's a trail leading directly to the root cause of the sickness in this country and it's made of money.

Root to all evil...

Fear??? Was it fear that swept the Democrats into office in 2006 & 2008? As for corporate funding… who’s this guy, George Soros… that keeps dumping gazillions into the Democrat Party and their satellite organizations??? Why do the union-bosses give so much money to the Dems… over the memberships objections??? With the unions-bosses help… the government now owns most of the American auto industry… and DC just acquired the healthcare industry and the banking industry (yeah… but that’s more like infrastructure… not big business). The Republicans bottom line may be money… but the Democrats bottom line is TAXES… ohhh wait a minute… aint that money too??? It's clear that today it's the FREE market vs. the NANNY state. There's a trail leading directly to the root cause of the sickness in this country and it's made of over spending what we don’t have… money!!!

clarification

Correction. The government owns GM. Which saved a lot of jobs by the way. The healthcare industry acquired the government to be honest. Do you think they mind that people would be mandated to buy insurance at uber-inflated rates? I think not. Taxes are also a fundemental part of a working country. That means equal and fair taxes. Not tax cuts for the richest. You can't expect a deficit created mostly by two illegal wars and those tax cuts to go away by simply stopping all other spending. As long as those continue.

What... me worry???

You’re probably right about the auto and healthcare industry… I appreciate the clarification. And taxes are a fundamental part of a working country… but… equal??? Income Tax brackets at 10%... 15%... 25%... 28%... 33% and 35% doesn’t sound equal to me. I’m all in favor of the “fair tax”… And as for the “WAR”… why wasn’t it un-declared when the Dems had total control of the House, Senate and Presidency??? I’m not even asking… “Why didn’t we pull out?”… but… Why didn’t we un-declare the “WAR”??? Why did the democrats want to stay in a state of “DECLARED WAR”??? DUDE… You can’t blame this one on the “Just say NO” Republicans… the Democrats had the power to end it and blew it. But… that laid-off, house-in-foreclosure, homeless family does have healthcare… what a country.

Hook... line... and sinker...

Dude... "The healthcare industry acquired the government???" That is a very interesting hypothesis… with a fairly decent argument… do you have a newsletter and how do I join your cult???

She lost for a good reason

I would call an air strike in on my head before I voted for Osama or any other person who thinks Osama has the right idea. That's why Sink lost: "Obama has just what we need!"