The aggressive push for oil drilling off Florida's shores is backed by a coalition of powerful, well-financed business interests who are determined to succeed where they failed before: the Florida Senate.
But even as proponents insist they will corral the votes they need, Senate skeptics are multiplying, and they include the chamber's presiding officer and several key Republicans who sound increasingly hostile to the idea.
Senate President Jeff Atwater, who's running for state chief financial officer, is not convinced that Floridians increasingly support drilling. Moreover, he says that it's not a priority in 2010.
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