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Trying to predict who will win the presidential race in Florida is extremely difficult, even for seasoned political scientists. Polls are showing Barack Obama and Mitt Romney neck-and-neck among likely voters in the state.

For the past 20 years, University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus has been analyzing Florida politics. And if there’s one thing she’s learned?

“Just when people think they’ve got Florida figured out, they realize they don’t," she said.

Final Presidential Debate Sways Some Undecided Voters

Oct 23, 2012

The final presidential debate played out at Lynn University, a small school in Boca Raton. It was a treat for a lucky group of students, who were picked through a lottery to see the debate live in person. Some of them said the debate helped them decide who they want to see as president.

Student, Louis Davis said the final debate confirmed what he was feeling all along even though he’s a registered independent.

Candidates Gear Up For Final Debate

Oct 22, 2012
Politico

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are about to head into their third and final debate with each hoping to out- shine the other on foreign policy issues. Much anticipation is in the air as the candidates make their final push.

Even though President Obama will be walking into the final debate with more on the job experience when it comes to foreign policy issues, Lynn University American Studies Professor Robert Watson said there is one thing both candidates can’t afford to do.

Candidates Gear Up For Final Debate

Oct 22, 2012
Politico

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are about to head into their third and final debate with each hoping to out- shine the other on foreign policy issues. Much anticipation is in the air as the candidates make their final push.

Even though President Obama will be walking into the final debate with more on the job experience when it comes to foreign policy issues, Lynn University American Studies Professor Robert Watson said there is one thing both candidates can’t afford to do.

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Lynn University in Boca Raton is bracing for its moment in the national spotlight as it plays host to the final presidential debate on Monday.

There is plenty of excitement buzzing around the campus for the big day. Freshman, Andrea Schwarzkopf, quickly called her father to tell the good news after she was picked in the lottery to see the debate, live. 

“I won, I’m going to the debate I have a ticket in my hand right now. I was the second one picked. '  'Congratulations," said her father over the cell phone. ” 

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On Saturday, supporters of Mitt Romney and District 2 incumbent Congressman Steve Southerland came out for a rally on the steps of the Florida Capitol. The event, organized by the group Florida Women for Romney, also attracted protesters who criticized Romney’s and Southerland’s records on women’s issues.

Gail Hogan, who lives in Tallahassee, was one of about 150 people on the Capitol steps. She waved a sign that said "Women for Romney."

Ryan Benk

Actor Jason Alexander has been stopping in swing states across the country, campaigning for President Barack Obama. And, he stopped Wednesday in Tallahassee to talk to young voters about why it’s important to vote in the presidential election.

“Fired Up! Ready to Go! Fired Up! Ready to Go!”

A group of Florida State University students chanted a slogan that’s famous among President Barack Obama’s campaign, as they waited for Jason Alexander to arrive.

He’s an actor whose most notable role is George Costanza, one of the four main characters of the TV show “Seinfeld.”

Tom Perriello
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A progressive advocacy group has released a report titled “The Real Cost of the Romney-Ryan Budget to Floridians.” The group says, under Mitt Romney’s and Paul Ryan’s proposals, millions of Floridians would pay more for services they already receive.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund CEO Tom Perriello spoke in Tallahassee on Wednesday. He said, Romney’s proposed federal spending cap would require deep cuts in several areas.

Sascha Cordner

With the presidential election about a month away, both the Obama and Romney campaigns are tailoring their message to certain groups. Republicans sent former GOP presidential candidate, U.S. Senator John McCain, to Tallahassee Wednesday to talk to his fellow veterans about why Mitt Romney deserves to be the next President of the United States.

“I’m Dale, and I’m here to introduce you to a personal friend, who I’ve known for many years, and whom I’ve served with for many years in the prison camps in North Vietnam.”

Noles for Romney
Alejandro Capote

In 2008, Barack Obama moved many young voters to vote for the first time. But have they stuck around in 2012? With less than 50 days to go before the general election, Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are battling for Florida’s young voters, who could make all the difference in the notorious swing state.

Alejandro Capote is a 20-year-old political activist and a junior at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

“I’m so grateful and honored to be here, a part of this country. I became a citizen last year. And this’ll be my first election," he said.

Florida’s Hispanic population makes up eight-percent of total people living in the United States, making it the third largest in the nation. That’s one of the reasons both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are making trips to Florida almost every week to capture the state’s large Hispanic population. Political experts say a big component to winning the overall election this year will be grabbing the Latino vote, especially in key battleground states, like Florida.

Obama Leads In Polls With Cuban Voters

Sep 12, 2012

A new poll released Wednesday showed President Barack Obama making inroads in a traditionally-Republican voting bloc. President Obama now has a 16-point lead among Cuban-Americans in Florida over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Survey USA’s poll editor Jay Leve said minorities are a cornerstone to the President’s Florida strategy.

AP/Aug. 30, 2012

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s speech at the Republican National Convention was met with cheers and applause, right before Mitt Romney accepted the Republican presidential nomination. But, during Rubio’s speech, he made a slip-up when he called for bigger government at the expense of liberty.

The Republican National Convention started its first full day with a Fresh from Florida Victory Breakfast. Several of Florida’s top GOP leaders used the opportunity to sing the praises of Mitt Romney.

Tuesday’s Fresh from Florida Victory Breakfast kicked off with blueberry pancakes and an appearance from Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

Rubio Heckled By Convention Protesters

Aug 28, 2012
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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, a rising star in the Republican Party, is set to introduce presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney later in the week at the Republican National Convention. But Rubio had his own speech against President Obama interrupted several times by hecklers. Rubio was speaking to the Florida delegation during a breakfast at the Innisbrook Resort Tuesday, when protesters interrupted Rubio’s speech by yelling things like “Republicans are beholden to big corporations”.

“Apparently he stumbled into the wrong convention,” Rubio quipped at the interruption.

Isaac Interrupts Convention Schedule in Tampa

Aug 27, 2012

The Republican National Convention in Tampa has been spared the full impact of Tropical Storm Isaac, but its initial potential threat has left convention organizers scrambling to readjust and come up with a new schedule. After minor tweaks, it’s full steam ahead for the Grand Old Party.

“You know I cancelled my activities for today and tomorrow and I done it for Tuesday,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott who had to push his previous plans aside.

Ahead of next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, the party and its presidential front-runner Mitt Romney have made a compromise to allow some delegates who support Texas Congressman Ron Paul to have a seat at the nominating table. And some Florida Republicans are saying this inclusiveness should be a model for Republican leaders in the Florida Legislature.

Sally Bradshaw is a Republican strategist who has worked on state and federal campaigns for more than two decades.

Republicans are cheering the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney’s running mate. The move has also sparked a heated debate over the future of the nation’s Medicare program for seniors. Ryan is the architect of a budget proposal that includes those program cuts and Romney has said he supports the Ryan approach. Democrats say the Republican stance on Medicare could help President Obama in swing states.

Spencer Green / AP

Presumptive GOP Nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate is appealing to both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans are cheering the selection as proof that Romney is serious about cutting the federal debt.  Democrats say Ryan’s proposal to cut entitlement programs such as Medicare for seniors in order to reduce the federal debt could help President Obama in swing states with large numbers of elderly voters.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is defending Florida’s Voter purge.  reports Rubio made the statements on NPR’s Diane Rehm show Thursday where he also discussed his positions on immigration.

Senator Marco Rubio says he believes Florida’s attempt to purge its voter rolls of non-citizens is a good thing.