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Sizing up the Dem Senate field



From today's print version of the Buzz: With chief financial officer Alex Sink out of the running for the U.S. Senate, the Democratic primary could hardly be more unpredictable, with no one widely known. Let's take a quick glance at the pluses and minuses of the prospective field.

U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, Monticello. Pro: Strong fundraising potential, and in a crowded primary with several South Florida candidates, his moderate North Florida roots could help him stand out. Con: Weak geographic base. A stump speech style that makes Jim Davis sound like Barack Obama.

• State Sen. Dan Gelber, Miami Beach. Pro: A policy maven and a strong speaker, whose federal prosecutor background could soften the liberal image. Con: Questionable fundraising ability, unknown outside Miami and Tallahassee.

• U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, Boca Raton. Pro: A tireless, disciplined campaigner and champion money raiser who already has $1.7-million to transfer to a Senate race. Con: Snooze factor. Often viewed as a predictable and cautious partisan.

• U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Miami. Pro: Excites a lot of grass-roots activists, especially labor and African-American leaders. In a crowded primary, black voters could be key. Con: How well he plays with moderate, white swing voters is uncertain.


[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:13pm]


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