FLORIDA: “Political novice Rick Scott pushed past veteran Bill McCollum to win Florida's Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday,” the AP reports. “In the extraordinarily bitter GOP race for Florida governor, Scott's financial might and criticism of his opponent as a typical tax-raising politician proved too much for McCollum, the state's attorney general and a former congressman with the support of national party leaders in Washington.”
“Millionaire businessman Rick Scott’s surprise win in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday left both parties scrambling over how to cope with a candidate who possesses both glaring flaws and considerable assets,” Politico writes. “The $1.7 billion that Columbia/HCA hospital chain paid in fines over Medicare and Medicaid fraud under Scott’s tenure as CEO offers Democrats significant fodder for the fall and is partly why the Republican Governors Association issued a tepid statement Tuesday night observing only that the party ‘now looks forward.’”
They said it was because of logistical issues, but the level of negativity in the Republican gubernatorial primary last night may have had something to do with the state Republican Party’s abandoning its plans “for a unity event they were attempting to hold [today] in Tampa,” the Palm Beach Post writes.
“Mr. Meek’s victory in the Democratic Senate primary sets the stage for what will be one of the most closely-watched races this fall. He will face Marco Rubio, the Republican, and Gov. Charlie Crist. Mr. Crist abandoned the Republican Party in April when he looked likely to lose to Mr. Rubio, who won the Republican primary essentially unopposed,” the New York Times writes.
“Meek has little time to savor defeating a brash billionaire who vowed to spend ‘whatever it takes,’” the Miami Herald says. “He wakes up Wednesday somewhat bruised, very broke, and polling in last place behind a national Republican superstar, former House Speaker Marco Rubio, and the sitting governor, Charlie Crist.”