Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002
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Starting today, and every Wednesday, political writers with washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post will bring you the latest developments in the 2002 and 2004 campaigns. You will also be able to check our exclusive Congressional Quarterly database showing which races are up for grabs.

Today, we turn our attention to Florida. After a week of ballot confusion, Janet Reno conceded defeat to Bill McBride in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night. McBride now squares off against Gov. Jeb Bush in a campaign that is expected to get lively in a hurry.

Janet Reno
Janet Reno
As The Postís Manuel Roig-Franzia reports today, Bush is likely to receive criticism during the campaign for the stateís poor performance in the Sept. 10 primary. After the 2000 election debacle, Florida spent more than $100 million on touch-screen machines and training.

The round of deja vu on Sept. 10 raises the question of whether Florida can turn things around in time for the General Election on Nov. 5. The Miami Herald reports today that Miami-Dade County officials are planning to have more than 1,700 "specially trained" workers for the general election. Still, you get the feeling all eyes will be trained on the Sunshine State come Election Day.

Feel free to e-mail us your thoughts on Florida and other campaign topics at: politics@washingtonpost.com

-Steve Fox, Political Editor
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Texas Is for Republicans
Texas has been a GOP stronghold for years. In fact, the state's last Democratic senator was Lyndon B. Johnson.

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State Treasurer Shannon O'Brien is the first woman to receive the gubernatorial nomination of either major party in Massachusetts.

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  ELECTIONS 2002
  
O'Brien Wins Democratic Primary in Mass.; Romney Awaits (Post, Sept. 18, 2002)
   Republican Candidates Make Iraq Issue a Political Weapon (Post, Sept. 18, 2002)
   Alexander Welcomes Bush - and His Dollars - to Tennessee (Post, Sept. 18, 2002)
   In. Minn., Endangered Rep. Luther Faces a Familiar Foe (CQ, Sept. 16, 2002)
   Democrat Kirk Runs Against History in Texas Senate Race (Post, Sept. 16, 2002)
   GOP Departures Signal New Era for Conservatives (Post, Sept. 16, 2002)

  More News: Get Full Elections 2002 Coverage
  ELECTIONS 2004
  
Presidential Hopeful Edwards Funded by Trial Lawyers (Post, Sept. 2, 2002)
   Will Lieberman Run? It Depends on the Definition of 'If' (Post, Aug. 29, 2002)

  More News: Get Full Elections 2004 Coverage
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