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Gov. Scott Launching Re-election Campaign 2.5 Years Early?

It was only 15 months ago Rick Scott took the oath of office, but the indications are ripe he's already focused on re-election in 2014.

Take the $1.3 million Scott's already raised, and as if that weren't enough the governor's running what appears to be campaign ads.

If it feels a lot like campaign season, well maybe 2014 has come early, and Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith thinks he knows why.

"They're trying to do some make-up right now because they recognize that as time gets closer there's every reason for people to have buyers' remorse for what they did in 2010 and reversing themselves and voting for more democrats this time."

GOP strategist Pete Dunbar doesn't buy it. He doesn't deny the governor has plenty of work to do to win over the hearts and votes of skeptical Floridians, but in his mind the early campaign is about 2012.

"This is about the President and whether or not his policies are good or bad," Dunbar said. "It is the president himself that will be the drag on the ticket or not, depending on where the mood of the country is and the mood of Florida at the time. It will not have any bearing on Rick Scott."

That's a man who, by the way, tells us the ads aren't about 2012 or 2014.

"We've got a lot of things going for us," Gov. Scott said. "We've got to talk about it, and that's what I do."

As for all that fundraising, the dollar figure may not be that important - remember, Governor Scott is a multi-millionaire. But by asking for donations, he's also asking for buy-in from people who may not have felt that passionately about him in 2010.

Most of the money raised by Scott's "Let's Get to Work" political committee came from companies with stakes in legislation making its way through the state capitol.


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