Obama campaign optimistic about Florida

10/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Key strategists for the Barack Obama campaign team spoke on a conference call today, where they sounded confident, both about the polls in key battleground states as well as the number of Democrats who have already voted in early voting.

Today the co-chairman of John McCain's campaign, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, said that unless McCain wins Pennsylvania, “I don’t think he is elected president.”

But Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said the math will be hard for McCain to catch up in the Keystone state.

In Florida, where there have been long lines in polling places, the Obama campaign says it now has caught up with Republicans, with a week of early voting to go.

Republicans have had an edge in absentee votes collected, but the Obama campaign says that’s been neutralized after a week of early voting.

Jennifer O’Malley is the battleground state director for the Obama campaign. She said she was pleased with how their campaign volunteers are staying in touch with potential voters in Florida (roll tape#3 o.q.”in the campaign”)

Campaign Manager David Plouffe says Florida will be close, but the Obama camp is feeling good about the work they’ve done so far (roll tape#4 o.q.”uh, to win”)

Jon Carson is the national field director the Obama campaign. He reeled off some numbers on some early voting states (roll tape#5 o.q.” who are Republicans”)

And early voting has been so popular in Florida that all of the state’s Congressional delegation wrote to Governor Charlie Crist and Secretary of State Kurt Browning yesterday to ask that the polls be opened this Sunday and next Sunday for early voting.

WMNF contacted the Secretary of State’s office today for comment. Our call was not returned by airtime.

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