Florida’s Potential Presidential Primary Snafu

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - The January primary in 2008 helped cement John McCain’s GOP nomination.

Now, with Obama in the White House, 2012 matters most to the GOP. New rules agreed upon by both Democrats and Republicans push the four early state primaries back to February. That is a problem for Florida. State law says our primary is January 31st.

GOP lawmakers who are in control, could push the date back , but so far they are balking.

“Florida is the most important state in the presidential election,” Florida Senate president Mike Haridopolos said.

State legislative leaders are also getting support for keeping the early date from Florida’s newest US Senator.

“No Republican can win the presidency without winning Florida, so we should make sure pretty early on that our nominee is someone who can fly here,” Senator Marco Rubio said.

Democratic state Senator Arthenia Joyner of Tampa has legislation to move the primary to March 6th.

Governor Rick Scott has said that he favors the earliest date possible for a primary that doesn’t cost the state any delegates. That would be March 6th.

Republicans from South Carolina are calling for the national GOP convention to be moved out of Florida, if the state votes early. Florida Democrats say the whole mess could embarrass state GOP leaders.

“The Republicans could be hosting the national convention and not have a delegation there,” Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said.

Florida Republican party leaders remain confident the national convention will stay in Tampa, no matter when the state decides to hold its Presidential Primary.

If the state does keep its January 31st date, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada are expected to all move their dates from February to January, and if the state sticks with the early date, it could lose delegates to the convention.


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  • by Keith Stone Location: in the fridge on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    WILHELM...What exactly IS going on with the republicans? Please reply in your own words, not someone else's.
  • by JHR on Mar 1, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Hello; someone needs to check with the GOP electorate, first. This is about consensus building and voter representation, not Democratic-party style Chi-town Politics.
  • by Wilhem Location: Tallahassee on Mar 1, 2011 at 06:40 AM
    Keith Stone, after seeing what is going on with the Republicans how on earth can you call the Democrats corrupt? What rock did you crawl from under?
  • by watcher Location: nearby on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:33 AM
    It should not matter when which state votes first or last for the primary. Yes - we know Florida has a difficult time counting votes because too many from both parties try to interfere with races and counts trying to get 'their' candidate in the winning position. From what I see, many all of our elected state and federal representatives and senators are still not doing their jobs of working for the majority of the citizens of any affiliation. Rubio should be working harder to compromise on a budget and not let the government shutdown. Lets do them like they want to do to teachers - you only get paid and keep your job for acceptable performance and improving life for all citizens.
  • by Keith Stone Location: Chillin' on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    Is it really embarrassing? It's just one more disagreement. I think what's embarrassing is watching the democrats, corrupt as they are, call each other racist while eating their own and swapping moves from the same playbook...
  • by Jim on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    It is idiotic to let New Hampshire and Iowa set the stage for the nominations. Also, last time Chuckie really screwed things up by picking McCain before the primary. He was always pictured next to John McCain. Of course, when John McCain didn't pick Chuckie, he continued his downward spiral into political obscurity after switching parties and turning against those of us who had been fooled into voting for him for Governor. This front loading of primaries, especially in NE states ends up sticking us with someone like Bob Dole or John McCain. We need a real conservative this time.
  • by T-TownGal Location: Tallahassee on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    I am all for keeping the January 31st vote. That is the date that it always has been. Who cares if it embarrasses the Florida GOP (corrupt as they are, they shouldn't have all of the say)
  • by just asking on Feb 28, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    but why do we have to be first? from the past elections, I'm guessing to give us longer to get a correct count? yes, I'm a florida native, but I can laugh at us too. if jay leno uses this one, I want payment for it.
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