Doster and Schale: Four counties to watch in Fla's elections
Will riled conservatives and depressed Democrats send a message to President Barack Obama and usher in a Republican sweep up and down Florida's beefy ballot in 2010? Or will the nation's largest battleground state buck the national trend and rebuke GOP-controlled Tallahassee instead? Is the tea party movement surging or boiling over?
As early voting gets under way today, these and other probing questions were put to two of Florida's best political minds: Republican Brett Doster, who led George W. Bush's successful re-election campaign in Florida in 2004, and Democrat Steve Schale, who was at the helm of Obama's victory here in 2008.
Doster and Schale are currently facing off in one of five statewide races on the ballot, the contest for attorney general. Doster is advising Republican Pam Bondi, while Schale is the point man for Democrat Dan Gelber.
Doster predicts a Republican tidal wave Nov. 2. Schale dismissed Doster's doomsday scenario for Democrats, arguing that the party's 600,000-voter advantage in Florida will help cushion a stronger Republican turnout.