Campaign 2000: The Secret Ground War

In its final stretch, the campaign has become an expensive effort to woo a few crucial voters

Barbara Tyler was so fed up with all the political ads blaring on her local TV that she switched to a satellite provider--but that didn't stop the flyers that are pouring through her Laingsburg, Mich., mailbox or the pollsters who keep calling to plumb her latest thoughts. George W. Bush and Al Gore have been spending so much time in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida that they are beginning to seem like neighbors. "In the past, if they came once, it was a momentous occasion," says Hillsborough County commissioner Jan Platt. "Now it's, 'Oh, here they are again.'" The presidential...

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