Presidential Campaign Focuses On Florida

Hardly a week has passed since Memorial Day without a presidential campaign visit to Florida.

In the last 30 days, no state has had more visits from presidential candidates and prominent surrogates such as former President Bill Clinton and former GOP presidential nominee and U.S. Sen. John McCain than Florida.

The attention shows how close the race in Florida is and how critical the state’s 29 electoral votes will be in deciding who will be president in 2013.

With 29 electoral votes to offer, no swing state in the nation offers a bigger reward than Florida, where every major poll since August has shown Romney and Obama within 5 percentage points of each other.

Because of the electoral math, Florida is particularly critical for Romney, because Obama is considered the favorite in other large states, including California, New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Without Florida, Romney would have a hard time reaching the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

“Under no circumstances can Mitt Romney lose Florida and still win the White House,” said Ford O’Connell, a former presidential campaign adviser and Republican political consultant. “There is no way around it.”

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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