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Tampa Bay GOP leaders have confidence in McCain



Amid all the hand-wringing about the John McCain campaign in Florida and across the country -- and recent polls showing Barack Obama leading McCain in the critical battleground of the Tampa Bay area -- GOP chairs in the bay area remain confident.

"In our Republican stronghold areas here in Hillsborough the enthusiasm actually, I think, is greater than four years ago. They're just extremely scared on Obama,'' said Hillsborough GOP Chairman David Storck, who said the Brandon and Plant City offices last week made more than 13,000 phone calls.

In Pasco, GOP Chairman Bill Bunting predicts McCain will match Bush's nearly 75,000-vote advantage over Obama. Even in Democratic-leaning Pinellas, Republican Chairman Tony DiMatteo sounded mighty sure that McCain will win Pinellas: "If I had a hundred dollar bill to put on red or black, like in Vegas, I'd put $100 on McCain (winning Pinellas)."


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:55am]


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