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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
ELECTION CENTRAL - 28 DAYS TO GO
THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:
ELECTION CENTRAL .....
Four weeks from today, our nation goes to the polls to elect the next President of these United States of America. In many places around the country voting has already begun. In Florida, if you ordered an absentee ballot, you should be getting that in the mail later this week. Here are your choices:
Just ask yourself the following question: Do you want to vote for the candidate who took out Bin Laden, or, do you want to vote for the candidate who has vowed to take out Big Bird? Those are your choices.
On a more serious note, 538.com, the New York Times online thread, still shows President Obama winning the Electoral College on November 6th. They show him with 302.5 and Romney with 235.5; (it takes 270).
The Times calls the following states Competitive: Colorado (leaning blue); Florida (toss-up); Iowa (leaning blue); North Carolina (leaning red); New Hampshire (likely blue); Nevada (likely blue); Ohio (likely blue); Virginia (leaning blue); and Wisconsin (likely blue).
How close is this election? If Romney pulls Florida into his court, he picks up 29 electoral votes. He then needs only 6 more to become our 45th President. Virginia has 13, Colorado has 9, and Iowa has the exact 6 votes he would need.
The next three debates could prove crucial. This week it's Biden v. Ryan on Thursday night from Danville, Kentucky. Next week, on Tuesday, Obama and Romney will hold a town hall style debate from Hofstra University. The final debate takes place in our backyard, at the FAU campus in Boca Raton on Monday, October 22nd. That debate will be about foreign policy.
If Obama wants to have another four years of free rides on Air Force One, he better bring his "A" game to his final two debates; last week he didn't even bring "a" game to Denver. Rumpole has stated more than once on this blog that the only two things that could cost Obama the election are: the debates, or, some world event. We had a convergence of both in the past couple of weeks. First, was the attack on our embassy in Benghazi which cost the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. It has now been revealed, by recently released emails, that the State Department (Hillary Clinton) pulled most of the security from Libya a few months before the attacks. Second, was the no show of Obama last week in Denver.
On the local scene, don't forget that we do have one outstanding judicial election as a result of the County Court Run-off between Incumbent Judge Andrea Wolfson and Challenger Greer Elaine Wallace.
North of the Border, in Broweird, there are three run-offs. In Circuit, former Judge Julio Gonzalez faces Laura Watson. In County Court, Incumbent Robert Diaz faces Challenger Roshawn Banks. And, Olga Levine faces Robert Nichols.
Most important in the judicial races is the Retention Vote for three Florida Supreme Court Justices. Justices Peggy Quince, Fred Lewis, and Barbara Pariente all face the possibility of being voted out of office. If any of them are, then Governor Scott gets to choose their replacements. There has been a lot of posts recently concerning the fact that, last week, the Republican Party of Florida voted to make this a campaign issue and supports ousting the three sitting jurists. Numerous Republican leaders throughout the State have taken a stand publicly supporting the three sitting Justices.
We will also be watching the races for State Attorney in the 16th, Monroe County, as Catherine Vogel (D) is up against Mark Kohl (R) and in the 17th, Broward County, where Mike Satz (D) faces Jim Lewis (R). There will be a new State Attorney in the 15th, Palm Beach County, as Dave Aronberg (D) is up against Dina Keever (R).
It should be an exciting 28 days running up to the Tuesday, November 6th election. We look forward to reporting on all of the happenings right here.
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