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Obama flooding the Fla zone



The contrast between how McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden are hailing the start of Florida early voting Monday, is striking. Here's what's announced on the Republican side: Monday will feature "Joe the plumber" events in Jacksonville and Boca.  Mel Martinez and Meghan McCain do meet and greets in Orlando and Oviedo, and Meghan McCain does events in Tampa and Lakeland. Gov. Crist and GOP Chairman Greer hold rallies for downballot candidates in Sarasota West Palm Beach and Melbourne.

The partial Obama campaign schedule: On Monday Barack Obama campaigns in Tampa at about 12:40, and in Broward County mid-afternoon. Hillary Clinton will holds a rally in Fort Lauderdale ice cream social in West Palm Beach County Early evening, Clinton and Obama hold a joint rally in Orlando.

On Tuesday, Michelle Obama holds an early vote rally in Pensacola (on Wednesday, she'll campaign in Gainesville and Jacksonville) and then joins her husband for another one in Miami Beach. Obama holds his own rally in West Palm Beach. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson campaigns in Immokalee and Charlotte County (He'll be in Tampa and Kissimmee Wed).

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:38pm]


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