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Latinos, as if you needed more media reminding, are America’s largest minority today. Winning their swing vote matters more than ever – even if means politicians making speeches in really bad Spanish.

In Florida, that exercise used to be a day at the beach. Or rather, an hour at Miami’s Versailles restaurant. Drink a café cubano. Declare your hatred for Fidel Castro. Head to the next campaign stop.

But that was back when Latino in Florida meant almost exclusively Cuban. And Cuban meant Republican.

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Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Florida is home to the most expensive race in the country this midterm election — one of the nation's closest and nastiest gubernatorial contests.

The battle for the Florida governor's office is fully engaged now.  

And, oddly, both Republican Governor Rick Scott and his challenger, Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, appear to be using some of the same ammunition.

Both the Republican Party of Florida and the Crist campaign have recently cited convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in ads slamming their opponent.

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On the Florida Roundup: the close race between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, and what the price tag is for each candidate's campaign.

Also, about three dozen guards were fired by the Florida Department of Corrections, accused of misconduct in the deaths of inmates.

Miami Vice, the popular '80s cop show, turns 30 this year. Host Tom Hudson is joined by journalists Gary Fineout, Jim Turner, Julie Brown, Tim Padgett and Howard Cohen. 

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Sep 18, 2014
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Cuban music, pastelitos and guayaberas greeted Governor Rick Scott in Miami.

Scott spoke to a crowd of supporters and press at The Guayabera Lady, a store dedicated to selling the traditional Cuban garments.

The governor addressed and thanked his supporters in a combination of English and Spanish.

He noted the accomplishments of the county's school system, spoke about his upbringing, and then went against his adversary Charlie Crist. Scott said under Crist, Florida lost 832,000 jobs, saw reduced education funding and had its taxes raised by $2.2 billion.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Last Friday, former President Bill Clinton acknowledged to a crowd of Charlie Crist supporters a major challenge: to get voters, specifically in South Florida, out for the non-presidential election this Nov. 4.

Clinton was speaking at a downtown Miami hotel. He talked about the need for a Florida governor who will support key Democrat issues -- expanding Medicaid, preparing for rising seas and increasing the minimum wage -- but stressed the public's role in the election.

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