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  •  Florida is always (3+ / 0-)
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    competitive. It has been for decades. The idea that we can win Florida by a super-safe margin is a pipe-dream. The last time any Democrat won Florida by more than six points was Harry Truman. In fact, the last time it leaned more Democratic than the nation was Jimmy Carter, and those Dixiecrats that fueled it are gone.

    Even in 1964, Goldwater was very close to winning Florida. It was one of the few states that year that was actually competitive.

    So Florida is going to torture us this year, and every cycle except in GOP landslides, at which point we have bigger problems than winning Florida.

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:36:28 AM PDT

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    •  Yeah, Clinton won it by just 6% in 1996 (0+ / 0-)

      after losing it in 1992(caveat, of course, being Perot on the ballot). Obama won in by 5%.

      Long term, maybe FL becomes more Dem, but for the time being, it's going to remain a pretty competitive race every four years.

      •  Obama only won (2+ / 0-)
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        the state by less than 3 points. That shows how Republican the state is. Gore almost winning might have been a cocktease.

        With Gore having some southern appeal, and Lieberman had some Jewish appeal, it was the perfect combination for Florida.

        People panic too much on this site.

        by thematt523 on Thu Sep 29, 2011 at 11:59:31 AM PDT

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