No hype: Real information on Florida primary races for Senate and governor

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The TV ads have run for months, but Tuesday's the real election day, so here's real information. We're cutting away as much hype as we can to give you the story on the two biggest races in the state.

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The biggest fight for Democrats is for the U.S. Senate nomination.

Will Congressman Kendrick Meek or real estate billionaire Jeff Greene be the Democratic Party's nominee?

Meek, from Miami, has been endorsed by the last two Democratic presidents. He's a former state trooper who has served in the Florida House and Senate, and the U.S. House.

Meek says he's the only true Democrat in the race. "I will be the best representative to represent all Floridians," Meek pledged after a debate earlier in the election season.

Greene, from Worcester, Massachusetts, moved to Florida three years ago. He made billions investing in real estate, and says he's an outsider who knows from experience how to create jobs.

"My greatest strength is consensus building and working with people," Greene said after debating Meek earlier this year.

Republicans will choose their nominee for governor: retired health care executive and multimillionaire Rick Scott or Bill McCollum, Florida's current attorney general.

Scott retired to Naples from Missouri in 2003. He built a hospital company -- Columbia/HCA -- into Florida's biggest employer.

But Scott has been dogged by a federal investigation that led to a $1.7 billion fine for Medicare fraud.

He's pushing his outsider and job-making credentials. "Nobody owns me. You know I'm gonna focus on the most important thing: jobs," Scott said after speaking in Sarasota.

McCollum, from Brooksville, has been in politics for decades, serving in the U.S. House and as Florida's attorney general.

He says he would push for jobs by traveling the country and twisting Florida's tax rules and schools to favor business growth.

In the second gubernatorial debate, McCollum made his case by contrasting himself with his opponent.

McCollum spoke directly to Scott, saying, "So I've been in office a long time and that's your whole excuse -- you should be elected cause you're an outsider. The truth is, I know what I'm doing."

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Florida polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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