THE FIERCE RACE FOR FLORIDA

BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Obama: 500 paid staff members and 160,000 volunteers in Florida, an unprecedented network that is hunting for votes via telephone, e-mail and old-fashioned, door-to-door personal contact. Combined with a barrage of advertising, the Florida blitz will cost much more than the $39 million the campaign initially budgeted in its quest for the 27 electoral votes.

McCain: His campaign does not disclose staffing figures, but one RNC staff member said the Obama campaign "probably has more [staff] people on the ground in Florida than the RNC has in the whole country."

ADVERTISING SPENDING

$2.213 million: The amount the Obama campaign spent on ads aired in Florida, second only to his spending in Ohio ($2.218 million)

$659,000: The amount the McCain campaign spent in Florida, sixth behind his amounts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado.

AN EARLY LOOK AT EARLY VOTING

Tallies this week showed Republicans with an advantage of nearly 100,000 in ballots returned, and double that in requested absentee ballots. Florida's early voting ends two days before Nov. 4.

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