Posts tagged ‘Florida primary’

January 29, 2008

McCain beats Romney in Florida

by thoughtfulconservative

From Yahoo! News

Returns from 64 percent of the state’s precincts showed McCain, the Arizona senator, with 36 percent of the vote and Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, with 31 percent.

That percentage will probably hold about the same when all returns are in. As winner, McCain gets all 57 of the delegates at stake.

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic side but will get no delegates (so far) because Florida, as well as Michigan, which Clinton also won, are being penalized by the DNC for having their contests early.

McCain won among moderates (moderate Republicans? Is there such a thing?), veterans, those concerned about the economy, Hispanics and senior citizens. Romney won among conservatives, including social conservatives, it may be presumed from the abortion question, and those opposed to easier route for those here illegally.

For those interested, evangelicals were split between Huckabee, McCain, and Romney.

Speculation is rampant that Giuliani will drop out and endorse McCain (link via Letters in Bottles).

One could question Rudy’s strategy. Certainly, in my view, tactical mistakes have been made by Romney, Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Giuliani in not contesting certain races. McCain has been in them all.

January 15, 2008

Voting begins in Florida

by thoughtfulconservative

The Jan. 29 Florida presidential preference primay has already started.

Registered Republicans and Democrats can pick their presidential preference. All voters will be asked whether to overhaul the state’s property tax structure by amending the Florida Constitution. In Pinellas [county], local referendums and municipal elections are also on the ballot.

To vote early, visit a polling place listed below Monday through Saturday with a picture and signature ID. If you forget your ID, you can cast a provisional ballot.

One other note: It’s one of the last elections for the Florida touch-screen voting machine. They’ll soon be going the way of the butterfly ballot as governments in Florida convert to optical scan voting equipment this summer.

A reminder that many states have early voting, some of which will take place well before the actual date.