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Sizing Up The 2014 Florida Gubernatorial Candidates Following Election Day 2013


On Monday, Florida's former governor Charlie Crist announced he’s seeking the office again, this time as a Democrat.

Should Crist win the party’s nomination he’s expected to be engaged in an all-out brawl to defeat incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Political observers say this race is likely to be the most negative and lavishly funded campaign Florida has ever seen.

The race will ramp up in the coming months, following last night's reelection of potential Republican presidential hopeful New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the narrow election of Democrat Terry McAuliffe as governor of Virginia.

McAuliffe's win marks the first time that post has been held by a candidate of the same party as a sitting U.S. President since 1977.

For analysis, Melissa Ross was joined by Matt Corrigan, professor of political science at the University of North Florida, and Susan McManus, a professor of political science at the University of South Florida.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.