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In Florida, a local race with national scripts
In Florida, a local race with national scripts

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The two major political parties look at off-cycle congressional elections the way great powers eye wars in small lands — as a chance to test weapons and tactics they'll soon deploy elsewhere. That's why many of the ads running on television here — for a race to fill a congressional vacancy representing a swath of Florida's Gulf Coast — will probably sound familiar soon to voters in competitive districts nationwide. "Cut spending, stop Obamacare," proclaim the spots supporting Republican David Jolly. "I'll bring Republicans and Democrats together," Democrat Alex Sink promises in her ads, while...

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