Jim Davis Votes Early by Mitch E. Perry

08/21/06

Early voting began throughout Florida, 15 days before the September 5th Primary Election.

At the Supervisor of Elections office in downtown Tampa today, Congressman Jim Davis, joined in a rare public appearance with his wife Peggi, came with a small entourage to cast his vote, and encourage others to do so (roll tape#1 o.q.�get out and vote�)

In polls taken throughout the summer, a majority of registered Democrats continue to say that they’re undecided between Davis and his opponent, Gainsville State Senator Rod Smith ….WMNF asked Davis is he concerned that so many voters still haven’t decided who to vote for (roll tape#2to pay attention�)

The last major poll was taken by the St. Petersburg Times about 10 days ago…That showed Davis with a strong, 35 to 21 percent lead over Smith.

Many editorials in recent weeks have mentioned the fact that Davis and Smith have similar views on many of the major issues of the day…But when asked to delineate the differences, Davis welcomed the opportunity (roll tape#3 o.q.�repeal the loophole�)

Although his hometown newspaper – the Tampa Tribune – endorsed Davis on Sunday, the Congressman has lost out to Rod Smith in the battle for newspaper editorial endorsements…..One newspaper said they supported Smith over Davis because Smith had proven that he could work WITH Republicans in Tallahasee.

The paper said that was important because the legislature would still be heavily Republican after the election.

Unfortunately, WMNF stumbled when asking the question, setting the Tampa Congressman up big time (roll tape#4 o.q.�kind of Governor I’ll be�)

Among those who were voting today were John & Nancy Dinkel. Mrs. Dinkel said she didn’t think enough information was getting sent to the public about the candidates….When asked if she thought the media did a good enough job in getting that information about, , she said no(roll tape#5 o.q.�on a podium�)

But Dinkel’s husband, John Dinkel, said citizens also need to take some control (roll tape#6 o.q.�real failure I think�)

Early voting hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voters must provide both signature and photo identification.

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