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BATTLEGROUND STATES

Obama focused intently, spent heavily to woo Fla.

Betty and David Alcantara and Alice Ventra studied sample ballots while they waited to cast their votes at a municipal center in Pembroke Pines, Fla. yesterday. Betty and David Alcantara and Alice Ventra studied sample ballots while they waited to cast their votes at a municipal center in Pembroke Pines, Fla. yesterday. (Gina Fontana/ South Florida Sun-Sentinel/ AP)
By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / November 5, 2008

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TAMPA - Barack Obama badly wanted to defeat John McCain in the state that devastated Democrats eight years ago. (Full article: 829 words)

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