Florida Governor Rick Scott is expected to cruise to an easy victory in today's Republican gubernatorial primary. Facing only token opposition for re-nomination, the Scott campaign has been entirely focused on presumptive Democratic nominee Charlie Crist, unleashing a summer of blistering attack ads that are expected to continue straight on to November.
However, Republican voters who head to the polls today will see the names of two challengers on the ballot. Despite the certainty of a Scott victory, some may wish to register their disappointment with Scott by voting for one of the challengers.
Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder is the more serious of the two candidates. She is the founder of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida and has spent about $20,000 on her long-shot bid.
"I am running on a platform on restoring God, the State, and strong family values to all our wonderful state which is a true melting pot of cultures, languages, and religions," Cuevas-Neunder writes on her website. "I humbly ask for the vote and support of all those who want their voice heard."
The other Republican challenger, Yinka Adeshina, is an African-American woman who has not raised or spent any money on her campaign. She maintains a somewhat bizarre website that declares her "the New Age ruler" and offers up strange, abstract poems that are paired with stock photographs of little girls hugging and well-placed furniture. One of them reads: "Carefree innocence. Light hug. Plentitude of meals and fellowship. Together in sisterhood."
For Republican voters looking to cast a protest vote in today's primary, Cuevas-Neunder seems to be, by a large margin, the more serious option on the ballot. Most observers will be watching to see what kind of margin of victory Charlie Crist scores in the Democratic primary over former State Senator Nan Rich, but it will also be interesting to see how many GOP primary voters actually vote against Scott.