Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Sink plays up Southern charm stumping through North Florida



Alex Sink quickly identifies the bulldog mascot on Wanda Kemp's denim shirt and asks about the Friday night high school game.

"Who y'all playing?" Sink asks. "I hear you're undefeated."

In a state politically dominated by the cities and suburbs along Interstate 4, Sink often struggles to deliver the snappy sound bites favored by newscasts in Florida's major media markets.

But in the conservative belt of rural North Florida, home to about 20 percent of the state's voters, Sink is affable and seems at ease slapping backs, shaking hands and selling her Democratic campaign for governor.

Story here.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:26am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours