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As swing voters settle on choice, Romney's up in Florida

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November

They are the swing voters of the ultimate swing state.

Florida's independent voters are either too conservative for the Republican Party, too liberal for the Democrats — or too, well, independent for either. They are all over the political map — an apt reflection of Florida, a state with a little bit of everywhere else.

But ultimately, they'll cast the deciding votes that guarantee President Barack Obama a second term or help Mitt Romney unseat him.

Public-opinion surveys have swung left and right with the mood of independents. But they're starting to settle on Romney. A Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald survey found Romney winning 49-43 among independents.

An unscientific Miami Herald email survey of 2,051 registered no-party-affiliation voters who cast absentee ballots found they favored Obama 51-44 percent. (story here)

[Last modified: Saturday, November 3, 2012 7:21pm]

    

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