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  • America Votes

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    Sunday, February 29, 2004

    Florida Democrats aim to divide GOP voting bloc 

    Democrats in Florida and Washington are devising an aggressive strategy to court typically Republican Cuban-American voters, hoping to exploit a festering rift between President Bush and some exile leaders who say the administration has failed to deliver on campaign promises.

    The Democratic National Committee plans to showcase its potential inroads among Florida Hispanic voters — Cuban and non-Cuban alike — at a major summit being planned for May in Orlando, the political nerve center of the critical Interstate 4 corridor.

    The goal: Match or exceed President Clinton's 1996 performance, in which he snagged 40 percent of the Cuban-American vote and won Florida's electoral votes.

    - Peter Wallsten, Miami Herald

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 9:24 AM



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