Scott looking past '12 election to '14 re-election

3:16 PM, May 20, 2012   |    comments
Florida Gov. Rick Scott
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Scott is already getting ready for the 2014 election. So are the Democrats who hope to challenge him.

The state Republican Party is buying television ads to promote Scott's policy successes in hopes of reversing voters' negative impressions. The governor and party are also raising money for his re-election.

But Democrats see 2014 as an opportunity after losing the last four governor's races.

State Sen. Nan Rich has already said she'll seek the Democratic nomination. Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is considering a run.

And rumors swirl about former Gov. Charlie Crist. He's now an independent after leaving the Republican Party. Some are pushing him to challenge Scott as a Democrat. Other names mentioned are former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

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