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In Florida

Two Candidates Running for the Democratic Party’s Future

MIAMI--The senior senator came out first, all drawl and political muscle memory--the man with the golden-est hair in the room and an entrance song, “Eye of the Tiger,” from 1982.

“Wow,” Senator Bill Nelson managed, greeting a few thousand Democrats packed between the barricades of an indoor event space on Friday to see Barack Obama--and the young man, running for governor of Florida, whom everyone keeps comparing to Barack Obama. Mr. Nelson, 76, spoke a little Spanish, interrupting himself to translate every few words. He approximated a new-to-Twitter uncle at Thanksgiving, disparaging the environmental record of his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott--or, “hashtag Red Tide Rick.” The people cheered dutifully.

And then Mr. Nelson introduced the party’s main attraction on the ballot this year: the midsize-city leader nearly half his age ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper