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GOP frets about McCain in Fla



Republicans are increasingly worried about John McCain's prospects in must-win Florida. The McCain campaign spent most of the summer watching Barack Obama build a massive voter mobilization operation and flood Florida's TV airwaves with ads. For months, they scoffed at how little it did to boost Obama, but now the Democrat has opened up a steady lead in Florida polls and top Republicans are sounding uncharacteristically anxious that the campaign and state party are doing too little, too late.

"Obama obviously has spent a ton of dough, and the fact that we haven't spent a fraction of that has got people concerned. They see all these ads and very little response,'' said former Republican National Committee finance chairman Al Hoffman, a top McCain fundraiser in Florida. "We're three weeks away and have a lot of work to do. We can play Monday morning quarterback after the election."

Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Crist is fending off suggestions that he's distancing himself from the McCain-Palin ticket, while state GOP chairman Jim Greer made the unusual announcement Tuesday that he would be traveling the state to "assess campaign operations"

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:56am]


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