Dispatches from the Swing State


Florida has more electoral votes than any other swing state.

Elections here can be decided by small numbers. Remember the 2000 election? Only 537 votes separated the winner — Republican George W. Bush — from Democrat Al Gore.

What that means for elections in November is that any Florida voter could tip the state that decides the election. Maybe it’ll be an oyster farmer in Apalachicola, a psychic in Cassadaga, a bartender in Cedar Key, or a tomato picker in Immokalee.

“Dispatches from the Swing State” is a quest by Miami Herald photographer Patrick Farrell and WLRN-Miami Herald News radio reporter Kenny Malone to capture the faces and voices of the uniquely powerful Florida voter.

Join us on this journey across the unbeaten paths of Florida at MiamiHerald.com/dispatches or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, #FLdispatches.

Read more Afternoon Update stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category