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TAMPA — The two leading candidate vying to become Florida’s next governor went head-to-head in their final debate before Election Day.

Democrat Alex Sink and Republican Rick Scott faced off in a CNN-St. Petersburg Times debate Monday night at the University of South Florida.

During the hour-long debate, Scott painted his opponent as an insider who supports President Barack Obama’s failed economic policies.

But Sink fired back, insisting that her plan did not call for raising taxes.

“Let’s look at what Obama’s done, and what my opponent wants to do,” said Scott. “She has spending plans that are going to cost us $12.5 billion. We know this has to go.”

“I don’t know where that $12.5 billion comes from,” Sink responded. “Nothing in my plan calls for tax increases. That’s not the way to grow our economy. He follows the rules.”

Scott, a political newcomer, is a former health care executive.

Sink, a former bank president, is Florida’s current chief financial officer.

Both candidates have tried to use their opponent’s professional history against them in a heated ad campaign battle.

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