Florida challenging the West
Would Florida moving its primary forward really be that big of a challenge to the Western Primary? Yes, I think so. A big electoral state (27 evs) with a consolidated media market vs. a diverse range of Western states. Am I getting too worried about this?
State Rep. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican in line to become the next Speaker of the Florida House, says he has the necessary, bipartisan political backing to move the state’s presidential primary to a date one week after New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.
Florida is “a social and economic microcosm of the United States” that has been frustrated by its inability to affect the primary selection process, said Rubio. “We are committed to moving the Florida primary up.”
If Florida did shift to the top tier of the primary calendar, it could siphon advertising money, press coverage and the attention of candidates from a group of Western states that are also considering such a move.
I'm especially frightened by the statement that Florida is “a social and economic microcosm of the United States."
Your Personal Note:
There's also reasons why both of these moves might be good for Democrats. Having primary operations in Florida would build our operations there. And we'd also still have an increased focus on the West with our own mini-super primary.
Posted by: Matt Singer | Apr 3, 2006 8:38:37 AM
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