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LeMieux predicts an Obama presidency



In his weekly report, Gov. Charlie Crist's former chief of staff, George LeMieux, predicts a close John McCain victory in Florida, but it won't be enough to stop Barack Obama from winning the White House on Tuesday.

McCain's not the only Republican LeMieux predicts is going down to defeat. The man dubbed "The Maestro" for his successful handling of Crist's 2006 campaign predicts two Republican members of Congress, Tom Feeney of Oviedo and Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami, will lose their seats to Democrats Suzanne Kosmas and Joe Garcia, respectively. LeMieux has a third Republican, Ric Keller, winning a "very close" re-election, and he predicts scandal-ravaged Democrat Tim Mahoney will lose his seat to GOP newcomer Tom Rooney.

LeMieux also foresees Democratic state Sen. Gary Siplin of Orlando losing his Senate seat to Republican Belinda Ortiz, and Republican Peter Boulware defeating Democrat Michelle Vasilinda for a Democratic state House seat in Tallahassee. He says three constitutional amendments (1, 2 and 3) will pass, and the other three (4, 6 and 8) will fail. LeMieux is in Washington on Tuesday night, doing Election Night commentary on the cable channel HDNet alongside former CBS News anchor Dan Rather.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:44pm]


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