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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. 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.