Democrats focus on governor's race, rebuilding

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — There are four statewide offices on November's ballot and the Florida Democratic Party is essentially conceding two of them.

Acknowledging that the party is at a low point, party officials said their main focus will be trying to win the governor's office, even if it means supporting a former Republican who they've fought against in five previous statewide races.

Republican turned Democrat Charlie Crist is the leading candidate to be the party's nominee for governor, and George Sheldon and state Rep. Perry Thurston are seeking the nomination for attorney general.

But the party doesn't have well-known or well-funded candidates for the other two cabinet positions on the ballot — agriculture commissioner and chief financial officer.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant acknowledged that it's been hard recruiting candidates for statewide positions.

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