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The Florida special election is tonight. Here are 8 people you need to follow on Twitter.

The most-watched special election of 2014 concludes tonight in Florida's 13th district.

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Want to follow all of the action as it happens? We asked Fix readers for the best people to follow on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the race throughout the night. You can follow their suggestions all with one click here or just watch the tweets come in below.

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Obama adviser says People magazine ‘equally important’ as political media

President Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter said Sunday that entertainment media like People magazine and Entertainment Tonight are just as important as the national political press in the 2012 campaign.

Republicans and the media have complained about the president’s lack of dialogue with the national media even as he sits down with People and “ET.” Cutter suggested little will change in the days and weeks ahead and that those outlets serve an equally important role in the campaign.

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Like Angry Birds? You’re a swing voter.

Ever wonder what sites we tend to visit most frequently on the Internet — you know, the series of tubes — say about our political leanings? Us too.

Now we have some answers thanks to a very cool project from Engage DC, a Republican consulting company with a digital focus.

The chart, a bigger version of which you can see here, is absolutely fascinating. (For more on the methodology, scroll to the bottom of this post.)

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CNN, Fox jump the gun on Supreme Court health care decision

Updated at 12:02 p.m.

For the second time this week, initial reports about the Supreme Court’s decision were flat wrong.

The complicated nature of the court’s decisions, along with the Twitter age and the race to be first, led at least two major news networks — CNN and Fox News — to mistakenly report Thursday morning that the individual mandate portion of President Obama’s health care law had been struck down.

The problem: The law and the mandate were actually upheld.

Here’s CNN, before and after:

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Romney app misspells ‘Amercia’

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign misspelled the word “America” on its new iPhone app, and it’s already paying a price for it.

In the app, the phrase “A Better America” is misspelled “A Better Amercia.” The misspelling was picked up and tweeted widely Tuesday night, soon spawned a hashtag-driven Twitter meme in which people imagined just what Amercia stood for and what kind of policies Romney had planned for Amercia.

The Romney campaign told The Fix that it had submitted a corrected version of the app to Apple, which has to approve the update.

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