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Times poll: Florida still too close to call



Deep worries about the economy are setting the stage for another presidential cliff-hanger in Florida.

A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll shows a neck-and-neck race, with Republican John McCain backed by 47 percent of registered Florida voters surveyed, Democrat Barack Obama by 45 percent.

"Once again, Florida is going to be a pivotal battleground in this election as it has been for the past two elections,'' said pollster Tom Eldon. "Anyone who wrote Florida off as anything but a battleground state needs to turn in their pundit cards."

McCain, 72, has a lead within the poll's margin of error and a double-digit advantage in terms of who Florida voters trust more as an effective commander in chief. But widespread economic worries make this must-win state for McCain well within reach for Obama, 47. (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:49am]


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