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What will it take to turn Hernando blue?



It's tough to find a place as politically divided as Hernando County. And, by default, one as politically contested this election season. In 2000, voters here endorsed Democrat Al Gore. In 2004, they favored Republican President George W. Bush. Both victories were slim.

And this year, the two major parties are separated by fewer than 1,300 registered voters in an election expected to be close and widely considered the most significant in a generation. Local election observers will tell you the registration margin belies the county's political compass, which leans reasonably conservative.

As early voting begins Monday, and as the presidential campaign pushes toward the finish line, it raises the question: What would it take to turn Hernando blue again? Read more here.


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:37am]


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