Virtual unknown Col. Mike McCalister, PhD, is pulling a surprisingly strong 10 percent of the vote in the Republican primary for governor Tuesday night. It’s still too early to tell whether he will be a spoiler in a close race, but he is very likely the beneficiary of voters pulling the lever for him who didn’t like either McCollum or Scott. After all, the two leading candidates filled the airwaves with negative ads and Republican primary voters gave both unfavorable ratings between 30 and 40 percent.

McCalister had polled at 4 percent according to the latest Mason-Dixon poll early this week.

His campaign “About Me” page links to a nine-page C.V. (.pdf) listing his PhD in management from The Union Institute in Cincinnati. He currently teaches at Everglades University in Sarasota and the for-profit University of Phoenix-Tampa.

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