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Presidential politics come to Pahokee

Images For evidence that the Barack Obama campaign in Florida is bigger and broader than any other Democratic campaign before, look to Pahokee, a small, mostly black, usually forgotten town on the edge of Lake Okeechobee.

The campaign is opening an office there today, perhaps the first by a presidential candidate.

"It's very unusual, and I've been here 50 years,'' said Mayor Wayne Whitaker. "Maybe somebody from the county will come by, but it's very unusual even for candidates from the county or the state."

The outpost will test Obama's plan to mobilize unprecedented numbers of African Americans and new voters in November. The campaign is also opening offices today in Homestead and West Palm Beach.