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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "Sen. John McCain speaks to supporters after winning Arizona's Republican primary for U.S. Senate Tuesday"]

McCain projected to win; Florida newcomer shakes up establishment

(CNN) – Two wealthy candidates in Florida spent a lot of their own money on campaigns. Rick Scott's investment paid off. Jeff Greene's investment didn't.

Scott, a millionaire political newcomer, defeated the state's Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday in the Republican primary for governor, CNN projected.

Scott spent $50 million of his fortune since joining the race in April. He claimed victory in front of supporters and alluded to the divisive nature of his fight against McCollum, the party-establishment favorite and former congressman.

"Some of you may have noticed this was a hard-fought race. We talked a lot about our differences, but tonight it's time to remember those things that bring us together - to recall our core beliefs and recommit ourselves to fighting for our principles," Scott said. "The Republican Party will come together, and the reason we will come together is our shared devotion to the values that make America great."

Scott was ahead of McCollum, 46.5 percent to 43.3 percent, with 92 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

The winner will face a November general election against Alex Sink, the state chief financial officer, whom CNN projected will win the state's Democratic primary for governor.

In a different race featuring a political veteran against a self-funded candidate with deep pockets, Rep. Kendrick Meek declared victory over billionaire Jeff Greene in Florida's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Meek led Greene 55.9 percent to 32.2 percent, with 78 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Meek will take on Marco Rubio, whom CNN projected will win the Republican primary for Senate, and Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican-turned independent, in the general election.

Meanwhile in Arizona, Sen. John McCain won the GOP Senate primary after a bitter campaign against former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, according to a CNN projection.

McCain, seeking a fifth term as senator, was ahead, 59.3 percent to 30.1 percent, with 50 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. FULL STORY

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  1. Tammy B

    The race between McCain and Hayworth in Arizona wasn't that bitter or hard....we had Hayworth once before and voted him out. We don't like to give 2nd chances to people who didn't do an effective job the first time!

    August 25, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  2. art

    I dislike being the bearer of bad news, but....

    "Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 between the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The agreement then needed to be ratified by each nation's legislative or parliamentary branch." Wikipedia

    ...and that's the way it was, December 17, 1992

    Clinton wasn't sworn into office yet.

    August 25, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  3. Diane

    Democratic agenda...

    Tax and spend...

    Flood the US with illegal aliens.....

    Increase number of people living on welfare ....

    Turn the US into a socialist Country.

    Not what I am looking for in my country.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  4. Julie

    Let's get real. Only out of control spending was the abomination of the Bush regime, his intent to wipe out the middle class.
    Mr. Bonehead Bohner still wants this 1% rich idiots to get their tax cuts, like this trash needs it. He wants Obama to fire the economic team. They should have fired Bush and Cheney ten minutes after the first tower fell.
    What damaged the ecomony most was not only the banks that were deregulated by advice of Mr Greenspan. But, after the oil corps got free oil from Iraq due some deranged war appropriations for 6 1/2 years, , punished the AMerican people by these speculators who raised the prices of gasoline. This is when everything went to hell. Even the dang post office purchasing 12 million dollar houses for their executives and we end up paying for this in commerce. due mail and transit.
    Republicans continue to destroy this country. Hope the stock market falls into the vast hole they have created. Who on God's earth would vote for McCain the insane?

    August 25, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  5. Diane

    Nafta was all Bill Clinton.

    Deregulating Wall St. was all Bill Clinton.

    Ever wonder why a Democrat President don't last long? Or aren't elected back to back? Cause the country can't handle their tax and spend and spend and spend policies. Only people with their hand out supports Democratic policies.

    August 25, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  6. art

    It's not blame. It's discernment. And, actually, it's more than clear that the financial woes began in this country during the Nixon administration.

    Frankly, I do not see any problems Obama is causing now. I see him and his administration doing their best to unravel the problems which were left for him to repair by the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41, and Bush 43 administrations. Their pro-union busting activities, and de-regulation of the financial markets led to where we are now as a country. Writing the legislation for NAFTA didn't help as this nation's economy was NOT prepared for globalization. It simply sucked the jobs out of this country, and the fat cats got wealthier exploiting workers elsewhere by paying even lower wages.

    The conservative solution? Tax cuts for the wealthiest 1-2% employing these practices.

    These are not Democratic Party tenets, and I've only pointed out the tip of the iceberg. It will take 30 years to reverse the policies of these conservative administrations. By then, most of the author's of the conservative fiscal ideology will have taken up residency in Abu Dhabi to escape prosecution.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  7. Diane

    Wrong. Bush is only responsible for what he is responsible for. Obama is only responsible for what he is responsible for. Like tripling the national debt. Increasing taxes on all Americans. Increased wasteful spending.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  8. joe bob

    Because Bush is to blame!

    August 25, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  9. itsontv

    It's disgusting when you hear how much money politicians are spending on election campaigns.

    August 25, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  10. Diane

    Why do people persist in still blaming Bush for the problems Obama is causing NOW? Could someone, anyone answer this please?

    August 25, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  11. ronvan

    Why does it seem that the "winners" are the ones with all the $$$$?
    Kind of reinforces what alot of us have been saying for a long time.
    It is the rich that is running this country!

    August 25, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  12. Derby Waters

    Just saw your report on plunging housing sales. Can not believe that in your list of causes you did not include the difficulty of obtaining a mortgage if you are a potential home buyer. Banks here say the Fed is telling them they must reduce the mortgage loans within their portfolios. And it is almost impossible to qualify for mortgage money. The Big Banks get the bailouts and the smaller community banks get orders which make it increasingly difficult for the average American to buy a home. "It's the Lack of Money Stupid!"

    August 25, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  13. art

    I'm listening to all the stories this morning from last night's primary elections, and I gotta ask- Where have all of these Super-Patriotic conservative candidates been for the last 10-12 years? Surely they knew about the out of control spending, and the massive growth of the bloated bureaucratic ignorance of the Bush administration. Yet, they chose to remain silent as the administration went about their "bidness."

    The Meeks victory in Florida was the only victory which spoke to what really ails this country. Scott, and McCain both bought their races.

    I, too, am looking forward to the November elections.

    August 25, 2010 at 7:21 am |
  14. MeLoN

    Good Morning CNN!

    Just waiting for the November elections to get here – to see what the American public actually thinks about the direction the country is going in.

    August 25, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  15. Bob in Houston

    Mrs. Sherrod:
    Have you thought about running for Congress?

    August 25, 2010 at 6:37 am |