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By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - With just a couple of weeks left before election day, TV advertisements, mailers and signs from all the candidates are just going to pop up more and more.

Some are confusing while others are downright lies; however, there's a Web site that breaks through the clutter.

PolitiFact Florida is a Web site where reporters from two of the state's largest newspapers research candidate statements with a Truth-O-Meter.

For example, in the governor's race, republican candidate Rick Scott claims: "The stimulus has not created one private sector job".

Is that true? According to Politifact, it's not just false, but a 'pants are on fire' lie. "We found plenty of information that there have been a number of jobs created through the stimulus bill," the Web site stated.

In the U.S. senate race, independent candidate Governor Charlie Crist claims Republican opponent Marco Rubio wants to raise the retirement age and cut benefits.

The site says only half true. "He's not proposing those changes for people currently in Social Security."

The Web site's Florida editor, former Palm Beach Post publisher John Bartosek, says their ad research has been downright shocking. "Only about a quarter are true. The numbers that are less than true are pretty sizable."

The Web site researches claims from all candidates -- no one is spared.

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