CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -- For any New Yorkers lamenting the state's super-Democratic status and lack of a presidential campaign, there is an upside. New Yorkers are not under a bombardment of political ads as are voters in Florida.
Florida, of course, is a "swing state," maybe the most important state of all. With 19 million people and 29 electoral votes, it may rank as the most coveted battleground turf in all of America. That's why local television is saturated with ads for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, each spending millions of dollars on the all-important Florida vote.
And it's not even Labor Day yet.
--Robert J. McCarthy