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Charlie Crist under pressure to leave Senate race in Florida

This posted by the New York Times:

Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida faced new pressure today to abandon his campaign to win the state’s Republican nomination for the United States Senate, with the head of the party’s senatorial re-election committee declaring that Mr. Crist has “zero chance” to win.

Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, made the dire prediction in a memo to party officials and fund-raisers in Florida and Washington. The message is the strongest indication yet that Mr. Crist has lost support of the Republican establishment in his race with Marco Rubio, a former state legislative leader whose Senate candidacy has flourished with help from Tea Party supporters.

The newspaper quoted Crist as saying he’s still weighing his options on an independent run. The deadline for that is two weeks away.

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Chambliss, Perdue to host fund-raiser for Crist

Saxby Chambliss’s office just confirmed that the U.S. senator and Gov. Sonny Perdue will host a March 15 fund-raiser at the Georgian Club for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Crist is locked in a bitter Republican primary with former Florida house speaker Marco Rubio for a U.S. Senate nomination.

Already, Georgia is seeing some spin-offs from the battle.

Rubio has been championed in Georgia by Erick Erickson of Redstate fame and other GOP hardcores. This won’t make them happy.

On the other hand, Crist has been described by many as the most reluctant governor in the tri-state water negotiations. So maybe he and Perdue can use the event to come to an understanding.

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Georgia sequels to Florida’s Rubio-Crist civil war

Because show business is show business, political strategists and Hollywood producers often employ the same tactics.

Among movie-makers, success at the box office means only one thing: a sequel, featuring the same characters and same plot.

In politics, there’s no bigger hit this year than the Republican civil war between Gov. Charlie Crist and former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Florida race for the U.S. Senate.

Backed by tea partyists and GOP hard-cores, the 39-year-old Rubio is mopping the floor with the 53-year-old Crist, who started the race with the backing of the Republican establishment, in both Florida and Washington.

A single embrace by a stimulus-peddling President Barack Obama has crippled the well-tanned governor. The latest primary polls put Rubio 18 points ahead.

That kind of success is bound to encourage imitation. In Georgia, the resignations of U.S. Reps. John Linder and Nathan Deal, within the space of three days, have virtually guaranteed that …

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