The increase in median home prices will be welcome news to American baby boomers who are counting on their homes to help support them.
Unemployment rates fell in many states where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns.
Florida gained more than 600,000 new voters since the last gubernatorial election, mostly unaffiliated voters.
In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience.
Florida is now undergoing a major export boom, shipping more than $61 billion in products and services every year.
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