Florida Democrats pin midterm hopes on Crist, Obama-like ground game

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and Florida Governor Rick Scott take part in a gubernatorial debateBy Letitia Stein BRADENTON Fla. (Reuters) – Five nights a week, Florida Democrats work the phones from a half-empty strip mall in this conservative Gulf Coast community, their tables cluttered with call sheets and cookie plates. “Charlie Crist for Governor” signs are taped to the walls beside framed photographs of Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy. Famously purple in presidential races, the nation’s largest swing state has been a bleak off-year battleground for Democrats in the two decades since the party last won a governor’s race. …

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