Polls: Florida Governor's Race Locked in a Dead Heat

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How tight can a governor's race get? Tighter than Rick Scott's terrifying debate smile? Tighter than Charlie Crist's artificially orange skin? Yep, that's how tight the race for the Florida governor's mansion has gotten, according to a pair of new polls.

The fresh Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls both show the two candidates in a tie -- not an inside-the-margin of error tie, but an exact, to the percentage-point dead heat. As record cash flies into a new round of campaign ads, it's anyone's guess who pulls ahead toward the finish line.

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Rick Scott Will Spend His Own Money on His Campaign After All

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Florida's billionaire Gov. Rick Scott paid for his first campaign out of his own incredibly deep pockets. This time around, he promised to fund his reelection efforts through more traditional means, but as Charlie Crist's camp has seen an incredible last-minute fundraising surge, Scott has changed his mind.

He's writing himself a check after all.

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CNN Bans Fans, Other Media Outlets From Tonight's Gubernatorial Debate

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After the bizarre #Fangate moment during last week's gubernatorial debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, don't expect any similar shenanigans tonight. CNN is hosting the event, and they run a tight ship. The 24-hour news channel has explicitly banned fans from the podium.

Oddly, they've also banned other media outlets and the public from attending the event.

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Fangate Didn't Matter: New Poll Finds Crist and Scott Are Still Tied

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For all the Colbert and Daily Show hilarity and the week's worth of Twitter hot takes, did Fangate actually matter in the race to decide who will be Florida's next governor?

Not according to a new poll out this morning. The Republican-leaning 0ptimus firm finds the two candidates virtually tied -- close to the same result it found last week before Charlie Crist took a bold stand in favor of fans and Rick Scott threw a very public temper tantrum about it.

See also: Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

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The Daily Show, Colbert, Letterman Take on #Fangate

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Almost as soon as #fangate went down, people were already tweeting, "Well, The Daily Show ought to have a field day with that."

Naturally, last night's comedy shows couldn't help but take on Rick Scott and Charlie Crist's bizarre debate tiff over an electric fan. In fact, Jon Stewart decided to lead with it, but #fangate also made its way to The Colbert Report, David Letterman's Top Ten List, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

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Miami Taxpayers Could Pay Millions for SkyRise Tower After All

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When Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado pitched voters this summer on developer Jeff Berkowitz's eye-opening plan to erect a gigantic paperclip on the bayfront, he repeatedly made a simple promise in ads: "Taxpayers win without putting in a cent."

It remains to be seen if anyone will win with the massive SkyRise Tower, but taxpayers will almost definitely be putting more than a cent into the project. They'll be paying out $9 million in subsidies, in fact, under an agreement that received initial approval yesterday.

See also: SkyRise Miami Passes, but Is It Really Better Than the Downtown Soccer Stadium?

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Scott and Crist Try Desperately to Spin #Fangate

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Politicians and fans have one thing in common. They both spin furiously.

So it's no surprise that Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are trying to spin last night's bizarre brouhaha over a fan. Mind you, there are actually important issues to talk about, but let's talk about #fangate.

See also: Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

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Rick Scott Almost Bailed on Televised Debate Because Charlie Crist Got a Fan Onstage

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Long before they could tackle issues like Florida's economy, education funding or crime rates during tonight's televised debate, Gov. Rick Scott took a proud stand on a far more important issue: Charlie Crist's fan.

Crist, for the uninitiated, has always insisted on having a fan blowing his direction during live appearances. He got one under his podium for tonight's debate at Broward College. Scott -- the governor of our fine state -- retaliated by refusing to come out for tonight's debate. Really!

See also: Rick Scott-Charlie Crist Debate Live Blog


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Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Barred From Tonight's Crist-Scott Debate by Federal Judge

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Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie
Tonight, Gov. Rick Scott and ex-Gov. Charlie Crist will take a break from sliming each other in TV ads to share a stage at Broward College, where instead they'll slime each other in a statewide televised debate. Voters will continue reviling both men, whose unfavorable ratings have each trended toward an unseemly 50 percent.

Those looking for another option, however, won't find their most likely choice on stage. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie, whose polling has steadily risen all summer, has been barred from the debate and last night a federal judge denied his emergency motion to get in.

See also: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie Could Sink Charlie Crist's Campaign Hopes, Poll Finds

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Rick Scott Challenges Obama to Come to Florida and Campaign for Crist

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There's been some low-key agonizing in Democratic circles over whether a visit from President Barack Obama to campaign for Charlie Crist would be a help or a hindrance. On one hand, Crist's Democrat bonafides are still questioned by some tried-and-true Democratic voters who still remain loyal to Obama. On the other, Obama's popularity is lagging in the state and it may be best to not tie the race to national politics.

Though, Vice President Joe Biden is in South Florida campaigning for Crist today, and Gov. Rick Scott took the opportunity to basically dare Obama himself to come to the state.

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