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John Romano column: Pinellas voters have a real choice for the first time in 60 years



Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano points out in his latest column why Tuesday's special election in Congressional District 13 is so important for Pinellas voters. An excerpt:

The special election featuring David Jolly and Alex Sink is expected to be close, and by itself that is a drastic change from what voters around here are accustomed to seeing.

It's safe to say the last time this race was competitive there wasn't as much emphasis on televised debates, and there weren't as many commercials. Mostly because half the homes in America had not yet bought a television.

Not since William Cramer narrowly beat incumbent Courtney Campbell in 1954 has this election been decided by less than 12 points.

Over the next 29 elections, Democrats were lucky to log even 40 percent of the vote. And that includes eight times when they didn't bother to put a candidate on the ballot.

In other words, this could be a defining moment.

[Last modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:26pm]


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