The Swing Voter

She's old and Jewish and lives in Florida. How I think I got my grandmother to vote for Obama

The most important demographic for Barack Obama in November might be old Jews in Florida, and the most important old Jew in Florida is my grandmother. That's because, at least in 2000, Mama Ann voted twice: once normally and once when she sneaked into a booth to help a friend who couldn't see well and she punched the ballot for Al Gore. At least she thinks it was Gore.

Obama, who has appointed a Jewish vote director in Florida and visited a temple in Boca Raton, has good reason to court old Florida Jews. They make up a significant portion of...

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