Mitt Romney limped into Florida trying to reclaim his status as the Republican front-runner, with the state’s electorate and expensive media markets offering a possible firewall against Newt Gingrich’s surging candidacy.
Republican Governor Rick Scott is restarting his high-profile purge of suspected noncitizens from Florida’s voting rolls in a move to appeal to core supporters that risks losing the backing of key swaths of the electorate.
A three-way race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Florida will test the ability of a popular governor running as an independent to overcome Republican and Democratic rivals in a campaign that will help determine which party controls the Senate.
U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek is heading for a three-way Senate race in Florida in November with Republican Marco Rubio and Governor Charlie Crist, who’s running as an independent. First, Democrat Meek has to get past a billionaire real estate investor in his party’s primary.
As devastation from the worst U.S. oil spill mounts, President Barack Obama vowed that BP Plc will pay for all damage caused by its “recklessness” and that the government would commit to restoring the Gulf Coast.