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Hernando: Five things to watch on Election Day

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November

Voters begin casting ballots in minutes. Ahead of today's historic election, here are a few story lines to watch in Hernando County:

Five things to watch for on Election Day:

1. Precinct 11 in South Brooksville. Local Democrats and the Obama campaign put a priority on registering voters in this heavily African-American precinct. The question is whether the voters will turn out. The answer will help determine whether Obama can turn Hernando into a Democratic county.

2. U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Brooksville) faces her nemesis John Russell again. Russell hopes the national anti-incumbent mood toward Congress, and Obama's coattails, will lift him to victory. Plus, Brown-Waite barely hit the campaign trail this year.

3. The effect of negative campaigning in County Commission District 3. Democratic incumbent Diane Rowden is fighting unprecedented attacks from two outside pro-development groups who hope to boost her challenger, Republican John Druzbick.

4. Supervisor of Elections Annie D. Williams' dual role. The Democrat is overseeing an all-important election as she faces a tough race against Republican Shirley Anderson and Gus Guadagnino, who has no party affiliation.

5. Who votes will tell us who wins. From the presidential race on down, it's a turnout game as the local parties try to rally their supporters. (At the moment, Democrats have the edge.) This factor alone could decide the election.

John Frank, Times staff writer (jfrank@sptimes.com)

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:39am]

    

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