The national struggle for the soul of the Republican Party has now moved to Florida’s Senate race. And the battleground reveals with great clarity the mounting conflict between party loyalty, ideology and ambition.
This April, Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, found himself unexpectedly trailing former Republican House Speaker Marco Rubio for his party’s nomination as a candidate for the U.S. Senate. So Crist quit the Republican primary and announced that he would seek the Senate seat as an independent. His decision turned the November general election into a three-man race involving Crist; Rubio, a Cuban-American; and Rep. Kendrick Meek, widely thought to have a lock on the Democratic Party nomination.
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