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Democratic Candidates Ignoring Florida Could Hurt In November

January 28th, 2008 by flanews

Despite being penalized by both national parties, Tuesday is shaping up for a record turnout. Already, nearly a million people have voted early or by absentee ballot, and As Whitney Ray tells us, Democrats and Republicans say the loss of delegates is not dampening their spirit.
Hear It Here: Democratic Candidates Ignoring Florida Could Hurt In November

The Democrats lost all their delegates. The Republicans lost half. Party Leaders, like retired U.S. Senator Bob Graham, said the lack of the democrat campaigns will hurt the partys eventual nominee.

I wont say weve shot ourselves in the foot, but weve taken off a few toes, Graham Said

The Democratic Party is trying to put the best spin possible on the situation. Leaders of the Florida Democratic Party said they see two advantages to not having their candidates here. They’ve had more time to rally grassroots support. They said theres also been an increased focus on the Republican candidates which could have an adverse affect in November.

John McCains not for the Catastrophe Fund,” said Leonard Joseph, Executive Director of The Florida Democratic Party. “Floridians have to decide if they would really support someone who says thats not a priority.”

Republican leaders said theyve seen an unprecedented shift to the GOP.

It sends the message that the democrats dont care about Floridians votes, said Erin VanSickle, a spokesperson for The Republican Party of Florida

Life long Democrat William Foutz said hes not discouraged by the lack of campaigning.

No one can disenfranchise Florida from doing anything and I think we will comeback at the convention because they going to need our votes, said Foutz.

Florida Democrats are still moving forward like its business as usual. Theyre still recruiting all their delegates.

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