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Schale: Florida will be close in the 2012 presidential election: News. Politics. Media

Last November Republicans in Florida won a supermajority in the state legislature, swept the state cabinet and held onto the governorship and a U.S. Senate seat. However, the state will absolutely be a toss-up in the 2012 presidential election, says Democratic strategist and Obama's 2008 Florida campaign manager Steve Schale. He crunches the numbers and finds that only Colorado has been a closer swing state in recent years.

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Gov. Rick Scott, once vehemently opposed to federal spending, is going to ask the Legislature (again) for the budget authority needed to apply for funds from the federal health care reform law. This request comes with added pressure: Millions in federal education grant dollars also hinge on whether Florida accepts the money.