Mitch Perry Report 10/31/2012: Florida STILL in play

Obama vs Romney comes down to the wire …

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After a quasi-day off, the presidential campaign resumes today with Mitt Romney speaking in Tampa, while Barack Obama stays on top of the federal government's response to Superstorm Sandy by visiting Atlantic City before getting back on the stump tomorrow.

As we reported last night, there will be an assortment of leading Republicans joining Mittens at the airplane hangar where he'll campaign today — but none of them are named Rick Scott.

Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS poll has Barack Obama now up by one point in Florida.

Yesterday in Tampa, CL caught up with the president of the National Organization for Women, Terry O'Neill. She doesn't believe that the "War on Women" meme that Democrats have pounded home for months is mythology, a charge that Republicans make.

The Republican National Convention in Tampa was eagerly anticipated by political and business leaders as a sort of "coming-out" party for the Bay area. Undoubtedly, many more people around the country and the world now know about the Cigar City, even if one day was rained out because of a hurricane. The Tampa Bay Partnership released a study showing that positive impressions of the region increased by 18 percent among 1,200 people who attended the convention. A major unanswered question is will we see more business flow to the area? We may see more conventions, but how about the relocation of businesses? That was always a more dubious enterprise, and it may be years before that proposition can be answered definitively.

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