Iowa Caucuses Florida Party Reactions

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

First, a recap on some of the top Iowa numbers from the Associated Press. For the Republicans: Mike Huckabee led with 34 percent of the vote and Mitt Romney received 25 percent. For the Democrats: it was Barack Obama with 35 percent and Hillary Clinton with 33 percent. Those numbers have both parties very excited for different reasons, so we spoke to some of the Florida party leaders.

Jim Greer, a Chairman Republican Party of Florida said, "There were some surprises on both sides, most importantly it's showing that there's not going to be a leader necessarily coming into Florida on January 29 and the voters of Florida are going to be the drivers of who's going to be our party's nominee."

Leonard Joseph, an Executive Director for the Democratic Party of Florida said, "The turnout for Democrats was amazing, twice as much as four years ago. You could see the excitement. You could see that the level of organizing that Democrats have been doing has really paid off."

And now that the Iowa caucuses have paid off, candidates within the parties are looking for the next foot hold. Barack Obama's rivals have now stepped up their criticism of him and Mike Huckabee is looking to extend his lead into New Hampshire. But for Florida party leaders, they say the Florida primary is where it's at.

Leonard Joseph said, "Although its the end of the month, people are already voting, ballots are already being cast, people are excited about this, we're getting calls about people wanting to organize and get involved."

Jim Greer from the Republicans said, "The conversation of the nation on February 5th, super Tuesday, will not be what did Iowa and New Hampshire do, but what did Florida do on the 29th."

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