Forget Florida as Dems Look West


The old story that presidential elections are won in Florida and Ohio appears to be wilting under the growing Democratic strength in the mountain West. Democratic strategists tell us that with Florida tilting more Republican and Ohio going the other way, it is states like Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico that will be the battlegrounds in 2008. Among the reasons, say Dems: a growing Hispanic population that leans left and independent voters angry with a fat and pushy federal government. "We've got a lot more places to play in 2008 than Florida and Ohio," says a party strategist.