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Battle Over Florida’s Delegates Continues

December 3rd, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

An effort to make Florida’s delegates count in this summer’s National Democratic Convention goes to Federal Court this week. On Wednesday, a federal judge will hear US Senator Bill Nelson’s claims that not counting Florida delegates is a violation of equal protection. Mark Bubriski of the Florida Democratic Party says even if the delegates votes don’t eventually count, Florida is too important to the outcome that what happens on January 29th can’t be ignored.

“Florida is the most important state in the general election,” Bubriski said. “So voters in other states are going to be looking to Florida voters to say ‘who can win this big state, that has 27 electoral votes?’ They could really determine the presidency.”

Republicans declined to be interviewed on the topic today, but have said in the past that Democrats are just shooting themselves in the foot by not seating all of their delegates. The GOP is also being penalized, but will lose only half of its delegates because of Florida’s leapfrogging primary.

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