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Annette Taddeo's 'no free rides' for Miami GOP could be costing her, Charlie Crist


About a month before she became Charlie Crist’s running mate, Annette Taddeo announced she helped recruit seven new candidates to ensure that every GOP-held state House seat was under challenge in Miami-Dade County.

“It’s time that Miami-Dade Republicans got the message: No more free rides,” Taddeo, then the county Democrats’ party chairwoman, said at the time.

But now it looks as if the no-free-rides policy could be costing her and Crist.

The Republicans didn’t take her challenge lightly. Together, the six incumbents and one newcomer are out-campaigning their challengers in districts 105, 110, 111, 115, 116, 118 and 119.

That could benefit Rick Scott because it’s helping drive Republican turnout.

In the seven districts Taddeo highlighted, Republicans together are out-voting Democrats by 54 to 27 percent in absentee and in-person early votes cast as of Sunday morning. But in Miami-Dade County as a whole, Republicans have only a 42-40 percent lead in casting pre-Election Day ballots.

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