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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 or follow us on Instagram or Twitter, #FLdispatches.