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Rick Scott win Republican primary

Rick Scott pulls off upset victory in Florida Republican primary.

 MIAMI / Rick Scott, the wealthy outsider who spent tens of millions of his own money, has defeated the better-known Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum for the Republican nomination for governor and will face Florida CFO Alex Sink in November after she won her party’s nomination.  

Gov. Charlie Crist, the one-time Republican, is vacating the  job after deciding to dodge the Republican primary and run for U.S. Senate as an Independent. 

McCollum who has spent decades in politics, was the favorite of the Republican establishment.  But Scott,  a wealthy former healthcare executive and investor who moved to Naples just seven years ago, spent $50 million of his own money painting McCollum as a “career politician” on TV ads.

 The Republican primary was the costliest on record, with more than $70 million combined spent by Scott, McCollum and the various companies and interest groups.

“I voted for Rick Scott because I’m a small businessman,” says Sammy Sejas from Dade County.  “He seems like a guy who wants to get the job done.”

Sink had virtually no opposition in her race and has spent only a fraction of her campaign warchest on ads.  She mostly sat on the sidelines during the campaign watching the Republican candidates beat up one another.

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