Florida’s Scott Suffers Defeat Without Being on Ballot (Bloomberg News)

November 9, 2012 – For someone not even on the ballot, it was a tough election for Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott. President Barack Obama is poised to become the first Democrat in 68 years to twice win the state, which still hasn’t finished counting votes. Scott’s party lost seats in both the state House and Senate. Voters also rejected Scott’s $20 million tax cut for small businesses and a constitutional amendment that would have made it tougher to implement Obama’s health-care overhaul. Those defeats, coupled with a 38 percent approval rating, put Scott among the country’s most vulnerable incumbents heading into the next two years when 36 governor seats are up for election, including 22 held by Republicans. “Florida would be at the top of my list where Democrats think they can win,” said Jessica Taylor, senior analyst at Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter that tracks elections. Democrats also will focus on other states with Republican governors that voted for Obama, including Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, she said.

Link to Full Article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-09/florida-s-scott-not-on-ballot-still-suffers-setback.html

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