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McCain v. Obama in FL's burbs



Welcome to Pasco County voting Precinct 134, also known as Meadow Pointe phase III, the sort of suburban, swing-voter battleground where both Barack Obama and John McCain can stake a credible claim. Here amid identical white curbside mailboxes, 25-foot-tall oaks and 4-year-old, $200,000, single-story homes in shades of tan, you can see how unpredictable and confounding Florida can be for campaign strategists.

Obama will do well in America's urban areas, McCain will dominate the rural, and the election is likely to be decided in the middle. In places like Wrencrest. Here, you can see how wide open this presidential race is four months out. Talk to the busy suburbanites on Chatterly Drive and Thackery Way in Wrencrest Rensselaer, and the impression is McCain can't win the election, but Obama could lose it. The hunger for a change in direction is fierce, but Obama has yet to win the trust of many of these voters.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:28am]


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