Davis' hurdles and presidential pals
Almost every aspiring Democratic presidential candidate called Jim Davis after the primary to offer congratulations and help. But it's no surprise that John Edwards on Friday became the first one to campaign side by side with the Tampa congressman. After all, the Davis campaign looks in some ways like an Edwards-for-president practice session to get the former North Carolina senator's troops battle-ready for the big show in 2008. ...
But Davis needs a lot more than Edwards' kind words to give Republican Crist a tough race. Nationally, many Democrats have all but written off the governor's race in Florida, and traditionally cash-strapped Florida Democrats face even bigger hurdles this year. The state teachers union, which poured millions into the 2002 governor's race, is investing little this year. Trial lawyers have long been a key source of Democratic money, but that's not certain this election.