HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) _ As his rivals focused on the Iowa caucuses,
Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani sought to shore up
support in Florida, a state he considers crucial to his campaign.
At a rally in Hialeah yesterday, the former New York City mayor recalled another close election in asking the mostly Cuban-American
crowd for their help, votes and support.
Giuliani is counting on winning the delegate-rich Sunshine State to offset poor showings in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire. Rivals Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and John McCain are focusing on those traditional states.
But experts have questioned whether Giuliani's campaign can survive a series of early losses. And the Republican winner in Florida will get fewer delegates to the nominating convention because the state broke national party rules by holding the primary before February 5th.
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