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November 7, 2006
 by Washington Monthly Election Day Blog
Washington Monthly Election Day Blog

STUART, FLORIDA, 4:07 p.m.

It's easy to see that Joe Negron, who replaced Mark Foley late in the race for the 16th district, is from Stuart: The small coastal town and Republican stronghold just north of West Palm Beach is brimming with campaign signs and supporters today.

Negron's campaign has been in overdrive lately, with last-minute campaigning and attempts to distance Negron from Foley. Republicans have been simultaneously informing voters about the confusing process to vote for Negron—whose name doesn't appear on the ballot—and expressing symbolic anger for Foley: "Punch Foley to vote Negron" is their foremost campaign slogan.

In contrast, locals who support Democrat Tim Mahoney seem less interested in Foley, and more focused on issues such as the war in Iraq and sky-rocketing homeowners' insurance.

-- Charlie Reed
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers

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