'Fangate' Nearly Derails Florida Governor Debate01:39
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Former Florida Governor and Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist waits next to an empty podium for Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott who delayed his entry onto the stage due to an electric fan that Crist had at his podium as they participate in a televised debate at Broward College on October 15, 2014 in Davie, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Former Florida Governor and Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist waits next to an empty podium for Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott who delayed his entry onto the stage due to an electric fan that Crist had at his podium as they participate in a televised debate at Broward College on October 15, 2014 in Davie, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The fan placed at the foot of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist's podium last night ignited a political firestorm when, for six minutes into a live debate, Republican Governor Rick Scott refused to come out on stage because the fan, he said, was a violation of the debate rules.

Today's Miami Herald reports that some Scott supporters are worried the fan incident could become "a defining and damaging moment" for Scott in an election that is a dead heat.

As a Washington Post political reporter notes today, Crist has long hated to sweat and has asked for fans to keep him cool at public events.

Since 2010 Crist's fan has had a Twitter account billing itself as "Tanman's only friend," which today tweeted: "Tanman and I live by our own rules."

This segment aired on October 16, 2014.

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