Pasco Democrats surge with new voters
After years of lagging Republicans, the Democratic Party in Pasco County is winning the battle for new voters this year. It's not enough to overcome the margin the GOP built, but it's a reason for optimism, county Democratic Party Chairwoman Alison Morano says.
And there's more news: The Obama campaign is planning to pay for an office in west Pasco, the kind of investment Democrats say has been missing in past years.
In response, county GOP Chairman Bill Bunting issued a plea for Republicans to catch up to their rivals -- but still says John McCain will win Pasco with a whopping 59 percent of the November voter. Considering that Al Gore narrowly won Pasco in 2000, and President Bush took it with 54 percent in 2004, that's a heck of a prediction.
-- David DeCamp/Times staff writer