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Ausley to bike to West Palm to promote CFO bid

Loranne Ausley, the Democratic candidate for chief financial officer, will put her campaign on two wheels this week as she bikes from Tallahassee to West Palm Beach. Ausley, a triathlete, plans stops in Gainesville, Apopka and Lakeland before ending up in West Palm, near the hometown of opponent Jeff Atwater.

Ausley will begin the ride tomorrow and finish up Friday. (UPDATE: The campaign had earlier planned a break during the trip, but Ausley decided to ride four days straight.)

Ausley, who has been down in recent polls and outgunned roughly 3 to 1 on TV, has relied largely on a message of cleaning up corruption in state government. Some might deride the bike ride as a campaign stunt, but it surely is a grueling stunt. (You'll remember that at the time, some criticized Lawton Chiles' legendary 1,000-mile walk across Florida as a stunt as well.)