Biden to do fundraiser in St. Pete

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Speaking to the Florida Democratic party at their convention in Orlando last fall, Biden promised that he'd be visiting the Sunshine State a lot over the next year, as recounted by reporter Lloyd Dunkelberger last October:

"I'm going to be here a lot," Biden told a dinner crowd at the Florida Democratic Party's state convention at the Disney Contemporary Resort. "We plan on winning Florida. We can't win without Florida."

There haven't been any polls on Obama's ranking in Florida since the GOP primary over a month ago, but two weeks ago, a Fox News Battleground state survey placed Florida in the "Dixie Tier," along with North Carolina and Virginia, and his numbers were stellar there: Obama led Romney by 14 points, 51-37, and led Rick Santorum 53-35 percent.

But the president has struggled in polls over the past couple of years in Florida, so perhaps that isn't the best survey to analyze. But it is the latest, when the reality of Obama vs. a Republican is being presented in stark relief.

No doubt both Obama and Biden will make many more appearances in Florida in the eight months before the election.

If you're interested in attending next Wednesday's fundraiser with Vice President Biden, pull out your checkbook and click on this link.

Although Florida political reporters like to hype the power of the Sunshine State in presidential elections ad nauseam, that doesn't mean the state isn't still the epicenter for deciding who may be the next leader of the free world.

Barack Obama's poll numbers haven't been great in Florida for awhile, but judging by how the numbers for Mitt Romney have plummeted as he struggles to seal his deal with Republicans nationally, Florida remains very much a battleground state.

Now a month after Joe Biden made the case for a new proposal aiming to make a college education more affordable in Tallahassee, the vice president returns to Florida, this time to St. Petersburg, for a fundraiser at the Vinoy Renaissance in downtown St. Pete next Wednesday.

You can attend - with a minimum contribution of $100.

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