The same issue came up in 2008. Florida with its 27 electoral votes thinks it should be one of the first primaries in election season. South Carolina is the third primary and has been “First in the South” for decades. South Carolinian’s believe that their state, with its large African-American population, is best suited to represent the south and minority voters then any other state in the southeast. Florida, with its transplant population has demographics that appear more like a Northern or Midwestern state then one from the south.
Florida, by moving its primary up, will once again lose half its delegates. Then as before, fight to get them all back. But when it is all said and done, South Carolina will move its primary forward despite any penalty it might realize to keep the tradition of “First in the South”. Who has better Sweet Tea anyway?
Influential Florida Republicans are once again squaring off with the Republican National Committee over the timing of the state’s 2012 primary election in a battle that could jumpstart the presidential campaign season.
Everyone knows the presidential campaign trail goes through the traditional early states of Iowa and . However, in 2008, Florida crashed the party by moving its primary election to Jan. 29. In turn, Iowa and New Hampshire plus the other two states granted early primary status by the RNC, South Carolina and Nevada, pushed up their contests to the first weeks of the new year.
The RNC has ruled that any state other than the favored four that holds its before March 1, 2012 will lose half of its delegates at the national convention. But Florida law still calls for the state’s primary election to take place on the last Tuesday in January in a presidential year, which falls on Jan. 31 next year. And it looks increasingly unlikely that Florida legislators will act to bring the state in line.
“Let’s just be candid, Florida is the most important state in the union,” said Republican Florida Senate President David Haridopolos. “Iowa, New Hampshire give everyone an opportunity to compete, from that point forward you need to show you have the heft to win a state like Florida.”
In 2008, the early vote cost Florida half of its 114 delegates to the convention that nominated Sen. John McCain. Without the penalty, Florida would have had the third most delegates. With the penalty, they were 12th. RNC officials say if Florida won’t budge, their delegation will be punished again next year.
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