Huge Sink-Scott debate tonight; Rubio battered but still standing strong after debate, and St. Pete Times Director of editorials explains what was behind Jim Norman endorsement: Mitch Perry Report 10.20.10

A new poll just released shows Rick Scott up 6% over Alex Sink in the governors race.  However, that survey is substantially different than 3 others released in the last week showing Sink leading.  What's going on?  Call it really close, making tonight's debate from South Florida critical in deciding who may be leading this state for the next four years.

Speaking of debates, all of a sudden there seems to be one every other day in the U.S. Senate race.  Last night, Charlie Crist was more aggressive than ever in trying to slip up Marco Rubio, while Kendrick Meek was attempting to do the same to Crist.  Meek also boldly took pride in the stimulus and health care bills, again in his attempt to show who progressives need to vote for in the contest.

Bill Clinton made his first appearance in the Tampa Bay area since 1996 yesterday, speaking on the USF St. Pete campus, and it was the best argument made by anybody this year to vote for Kendrick Meek - including from Kendrick Meek.

And as the Pasco and Hillsborough County Republican parties are poised to name a candidate to replace Jim Norman on the ballot (maybe Jim Norman), CL spoke yesterday with the director of editorials with the St. Pete Times, Tim Nickens, to figure out why the paper endorsed, er, recommended Norman in last Thursday's paper.


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