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Cosmic opposites Alan Grayson and Dan Webster battle in U.S. House race



WINTER GARDEN — Daniel Webster hurried across the street, trying not to forget the lines fed to him with lunch. "I need to get this done," he said wearily.

He climbed into his old, white pickup and the TV commercial shoot resumed. Moving down a brick road in the quaint downtown here, the Ford F-150 with 177,000 miles was talking for both of them: trusted, durable, unpretentious.

As the script unrolled Saturday, another ad featuring Webster, 61, was being seen in homes across central Florida, a political attack depicting him as a draft dodger. It was the latest from U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, and at a union hall in Orlando that afternoon, Grayson was relishing its theatrical force.

The two approaches — Webster's Mayberry vs. Grayson's slash and hammer — cut to the core of the race for Florida's 8th Congressional District, one of the most watched in the country. Webster, a Republican, and Grayson, a Democrat, are cosmic opposites in both policy and personality, and their campaigns represent an intriguing test of the electoral mood. (story here)

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