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I'm Bill Hemmer for foxnews.com.
And today is.
Politicking in the Florida and give you an idea about what you need to look out for later tonight some keys to winning and Florida.
Now the polls close for the most part tonight at 7 o'clock eastern time but.
There's a portion here in the western part of the panhandle.
That closes at 8 o'clock eastern time 7 o'clock central but that's what all these counties all 67 -- start to fill in.
I would various colors for the candidates Gingrich Romney Ron Paul and Rick Santorum must go back to 2008.
This was the result of finishing resolved between McCain and Romney from four years ago.
-- McCain was a winner by five points over Romney 36 to 31%.
You see the vote totals there -- a lot of votes here in the state much more than they South Carolina and clearly more than New Hampshire and a place like Iowa.
So what is important you've probably heard a lot about the -- four core door.
That's interstate four and runs roughly.
In this area of the state cuts -- right through the state.
And the reason why the serious or critical in these counties is because -- were independent voters swing voters live.
And they determine elections for the most part in the state of Florida Polk County.
-- is one of them appeared Osceola county you come north in the Orange County which is where you find Orlando in the know.
Up here to -- counting all of which is that account investment hard hit by foreclosure that's where you find.
A Daytona Beach that that interstate that cuts right through here is where you pick off a lot of those independent voters that determine.
National elections and they could also determine this election in Florida also watch the panhandle Leary here.
This is an -- on the central time zone.
Somebody like Newt Gingrich Rick Santorum and like to do well in these areas you get a heavy military presence up here and you also get you know conservative.
Voters here in places like Santa Rosa county a fair number of votes and also in Escambia county they're right along the Alabama border the other area to watch down here in the southeast.
I tends to be more democratic -- Republican but Miami Dade County has a lot of votes as you found out here.
With McCain getting 76000.
Votes for years ago.
To the north Broward County get a lot of votes in this county and also Palm Beach County just to the north.
A Broward so that gives you up a bit of an idea for the landscape.
For four Florida now here is Romney in Orange though here's how we did four years ago he was strong up -- the conservative part.
Northern part of the state around Jacksonville did pretty well this year in the central part of the state.
But also strong down here in the southwest -- call your county.
That's Lake County strong conservative area.
Part of Florida lot of transplants from the north in the midwest -- now make their home.
On the on the Gulf Coast down here in Florida.
What happened back in 2008.
Barack Obama won the state beat John McCain by two and a half almost three points.
That was back in 2008 but this really was the battleground back in 2004 -- well.
As we saw on the recount election of 2000.
That here George Bush beat John Kerry by five points and what's important about that.
By the outcome there you see all the red that represents Republican blew his democratic and that's where bush really made his mark along that I for a quarter or.
That that I pointed out earlier to lead him to an election victory in the year 2004.
And never was Florida that fell.
And later in denied it was Ohio that gave George Bush's second term on the economy this will be issue number one and it really.
Cuts across the entire state of Florida the deeper the red the more trouble you're in.
If you're in a Green state you're doing -- right based on state unemployment in Florida right now the state markets and shattering.
A number the number of jobs lost since November 2008 almost a 150000.
State unemployment level now at nine point 9%.
-- closures are a big deal health care that it's a big deal.
Jobs a big deal as well and so just like we saw a few weeks ago.
In South Carolina where the unemployment rate is at nine and a half percent when you compare that to the national average of -- half percent you start to see how jobs in the economy.
Really is on the forefront of so many voters' minds and now we -- Who the Floridians think can best haven't apply political medicine be getting.
The state of Florida back on the right track economically it will be fascinating to watch hope you will be -- -- throughout the day and into the night here.
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