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Pledging to undo the "nightmare" that Gov. Rick Scott has brought to the state of Florida, Republican governor-turned-Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist swung through Sarasota this week, energizing locals and Democrats at a handful of events. The fundraisers come on the heels of a number of recent polls showing Crist with a small but noteworthy advantage in the race. After speaking to a handful of Sarasota County teachers about education policy on Wednesday, Crist made an appearance at a relatively modest $50-a-head fundraiser organized by the Sarasota County Young Democrats and held at downtown Sarasota's Clásico Cafe & Bar. Around 75 enthusiasts packed the restaurant, sipping wine and nib- bling on appetizers before the former gov- ernor appeared. When Crist did show up, driving himself in a white SUV, the Former Republican governor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist speaks to supporters at Clásico Cafe & Bar. Photos by Cooper Levey-Baker CHARLIE CRIST SUPERSTAR DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ENERGIZES THE BASE IN VITAL SARASOTA They've got money; we've got people. And guess what, money doesn't vote. People do. Charlie Crist Candidate for Governor By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor

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