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McCollum's health care suit: Savvy politics or risky politics?

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TALLAHASSEE — From newspapers to blogs to cable news, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum Billmcc captured the national spotlight Tuesday for leading the court fight against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Normally, that sort of media exposure is campaign gold. But this year, the electorate is tough to gauge, pollsters say.

Although most polls show more Americans opposed the health care bill than supported it, recent surveys suggest that people are warming up to it. Gallup, one of the nation's leading polling firms, reported Tuesday that 49 percent of those surveyed now support the bill's passage, while 40 percent oppose it.

With such swings in sentiment, pollsters and political strategists are split over whether McCollum's court fight is a vote-getter or a risk to his gubernatorial campaign if more Floridians start supporting the law. The new law calls for $250 subsidies for some needy seniors, some small-business tax credits and more insurance coverage for children with pre-existing conditions.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:24pm]

    

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