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Take that Allan, Marco. Crist racks double win

Gov. Charlie Crist's name wasn't on the ballot Tuesday, but his reputation was in backing a property-tax cut and John McCain's presidential candidacy. The result: Crist's a king maker, juggernaut, etc (for now). Full story here. Think of this: Crist was his own exit poll question, meaning the national yutzes and intelligentsia had a new story theme: The Might of the Silver-Haired One.

In some ways Crist, seemed to be campaigning against the wills of Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio and his predecessor Allan Bense.

Rubio all but refused to lend public support to the property-tax plan and on Tuesday was at a polling station in Miami-Dade gathering signatures to get a rival plan on the ballot. However, he did vote for it, and said others should to because it did something (though precious little).

And Bense dissed Crist (here and here) in a Sunday conference call where he suggested Crist wasn't conservative enough to help McCain in the Panhandle.

According to exit polls, that ain't quite the case. McCain won North Florida with 36 percent support, compared to Mitt Romney's 33.