September 24, 2004


Bush bypasses Kerry in poll: A poll showed President Bush ahead of Democratic challenger Sen. John Kerry. In the U.S. Senate race Democrat Betty Castor and Republican Mel Martinez are in a dead heat. (MARC CAPUTO AND LESLEY CLARK, 9/24/04, Miami Herald)

Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan may count as some of the biggest political contributors to President Bush's reelection campaign, according to a poll.

The post-hurricane survey shows Bush surging ahead of his Democratic challenger by 49 to 41 percent -- an about-face from August, when Bush trailed Sen. John Kerry 41-47 percent, Quinnipiac University reported Thursday.

Given how expensive a market it is to advertise in and the impossibility of him winning back any Red state, the Kerry campaign would do well to write FL off and start defending a few big Blues more vigorously.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2004 9:07 AM
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