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Steve Bousquet column: Walking the campaign trail with Senate rivals Jeff Brandes, Jim Frishe



The battle for a state Senate seat in St. Petersburg plays out every weekend amid the sounds of lawn mowers and barking dogs.

Separated by a couple of miles, Republicans Jeff Brandes and Jim Frishe knocked on doors Saturday in search of votes in a newly drawn district where the turnout will be low and the stakes are high. Every vote counts.

The two House members' styles were on display, but voters weren't too accommodating. Many weren't home. The few who were seemed polite but reserved.

Brandes, 36, and Frishe, 62, are walking in Senate District 22, which includes South Pinellas and part of Tampa. One will succeed Sen. Dennis Jones, who is retiring due to term limits.

Column here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9:18am]


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