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Florida Governor's Race will Also Decide State Supreme Court's Future

Floridians voting in November's gubernatorial election will also be deciding the direction of the state Supreme Court for years to come. 

If former Republican Governor Charlie Crist is elected governor as a Democrat, all seven state Supreme Court Justices might be his appointments before he leaves office.

If Governor Rick Scott is re-elected, he could completely reshape the court that has frustrated him and other GOP leaders on issues from medical marijuana to efforts to protect doctors and businesses from lawsuits. 

The court's mandatory retirement age of 70 means four justices will have to retire by 2019.

The only three who won't be forced to retire were appointed by Crist.

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