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US election: Candidates vie for votes in crucial state of Florida September 19, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in McCain, News, Obama, Politics.
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Ewen MacAskill in Washington
The Guardian,
Friday September 19 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain are to focus over the next 48 hours on Florida, the state that proved pivotal in the last two elections, as both teams stuck to their campaign timetables in spite of the havoc on Wall Street.

Obama highlighted the importance of the state when he appealed to supporters for $39m (£21.4m) – about half of the total $84m that is available to McCain for the entire campaign – to spend on advertising and other events in Florida alone.

The Democratic candidate, who is to speak at rallies in Coral Gables today and Jacksonville tomorrow, is running neck and neck with McCain in the state. President George Bush won Florida, the fourth most important state in terms of electoral votes, by 380,000 votes in 2004.  Source Article

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