Obama Sees Value of Florida Voters with Two-Day Trip

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President Barack Obama makes a two-day visit through Florida Thursday and Friday when he makes campaign stops in Jacksonville, Century Village, Fort Myers and Winter Park. Florida is considered a swing state for the upcoming general election in November.

* The first stop on the tour is Jacksonville with an appearance at the Prime Osborn Convention Center early Thursday afternoon. The Florida Times-Union reported tickets were made available to the public beginning Tuesday afternoon at various locations around Jacksonville, including the University of North Florida's student union.

* First Coast News states portions of the Jacksonville Transit Authority's Skyway monorail system will be shut down from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate security concerns. The convention center and Jefferson Street stations will be completely closed during those times. Doors open at 11 a.m. with the president speaking at 1:15 p.m. ET.

* According to News4Jax.com ,northeast Florida could be a key part of the state for Obama's re-election. Local Democratic officials told the news agency Obama took around 49 percent in Duval County four years ago.

* Century Village in West Palm Beach is next after the stop in Jacksonville. The Palm Beach Post reports Obama will speak at the main clubhouse of Century Village shortly after 6 p.m. ET.

* Century Village is a retiree community that regularly votes for Democrats, according to the Sun-Sentinel . Just 20 percent of registered voters in the condominium community are Republicans and Obama won 69 percent of the vote there in 2008.

* Obama plans an overnight stay in Manalapan, a town of 406 residents. Voters there are mostly Republican as the president won just 31 percent of the vote. Most of the people who live in Manalapan have traveled elsewhere to escape the summer heat.

* The Cape Coral Daily Breeze reports the Democratic candidate will speak at the Harborside Event Center in Fort Myers at 9 a.m. Friday. Topics of discussion will revolve around the economy and how to strengthen the middle class.

* Limited tickets became available Wednesday at noon at various locations due to limited seating. The Fort Myers stop is free and open to the public.

* The last stop on the two-day campaign trip involves Rollins College in Winter Park. The Orlando Sentinel states Obama will speak beginning at 4:10 p.m. at the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center on Holt Ave. Tickets for the public became available starting at 5 p.m. at Obama for America offices and at Rollins College.

* Doors at Rollins College open at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando northeast of the city.

William Browning is a research librarian.

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