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Rich did better with conservative upstate voters

The rural-urban schism between Florida Democrats was glaringly obvious in Tuesday's primary, as conservative upstate voters spoke with one voice: They're decidedly ambivalent about Charlie Crist.

Even though Crist's rival Nan Rich had virtually no money, a liberal voting record and is from South Florida, she received more than 40 percent of the vote in 22 counties. She carried two of them, Holmes and Putnam, and she and Crist broke even in Calhoun.

The Democratic vote totals in these counties don't amount to a huge number, but together they account for a vast portion of geography and the turnouts will be among the highest in the Nov. 4 general election. The results speak for themselves: Voters in this broad swath of the state are rejecting Crist as the Democratic nominee and will likely flock to Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.

Rich received 40 percent or more of Democratic votes in Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Glades, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hardee, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Okaloosa, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton and Washington counties. Crist's victory margins were much bigger in two small counties, Gadsden and Madison, where African-Americans make up a sizeable share of the Democratic vote.