Barack Obama Visits Parkesdale
Photo from AP Photo by Jae C. Hong
In this Aug. 1, 2008 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., second from right, talks with a cashier as he visits Parkesdale Market in Plant City, Fla. Barack Obama and John McCain have both stopped by the Parksdale Farm Market for a taste of Jim Meeks' strawberry shortcake and milkshakes as they hopped across central Florida. Meeks likes to joke that his strawberry treats have a lucky ingredient: both President Bushes stopped by during their campaigns and won. Meeks' joke highlights a political reality in battleground Florida: No region is a greater bellwether of who will win the state than the counties that stretch along Interstate 4 from Tampa Bay, through Plant City and into Orlando and Daytona.