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America's most important mayor's race: Buckhorn v. Ferlita in Tampa



Man, I love hyperbolic headlines. But it's not entirely far-fetched. Tampa is the heart of Tampa Bay, which is the biggest and most important battleground region in America's biggest battleground state. And in a remarkable development today, the former heavy favorite, former mayor Dick Greco, was knocked out of the mayoral contest by Rose Ferlita and Bob Buckhorn.r It's a non-partisan race, though Ferlita is a Republican, Buckhorn a Democrat, and, frankly, it's hard to tell who's more conservative.

Great race. Great story. More bad Charlie Crist mojo, with uber charmer and vocal Crist supporter unable to make the case that he's the future Tampa needs. A St. Pete Times-Bay News Nine poll found that Buckhorn was most people's second choice. That makes this perennial also-ran the likely frontrunner in this race. Given the pathetic state of Democrats in Florida, it also makes Bob Buckhorn among the very most important Democrats in America's mega battleground. This is a race to watch.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 11:20pm]


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