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Avoiding Primary Elections

May 15th, 2009 by flanews

With the 2010 campaign season heating up, state party leaders are trying to squelch some of the fire. Both the state Republican and Democratic Partys want to dodge a brutal primary season. As Whitney Ray tells us, some Republicans are asking party leaders to step aside and let the voters pick the candidates.

Floridas Primary Election is still 15 months away, but party leaders are already trying to limit who you can vote for on Primary day. The State Republican Party is putting its support behind Governor Charlie Crist for US Senate. The party is also backing a gubernatorial candidate who hasnt even announced hes running.

Many times primaries are good for name recognition, things of that nature, but in this case Bill McCollum as the Attorney General has a great deal of name recognition, and as it relates to fundraising we wouldnt have to spend money on a primary that could be very costly, said Greer.

The state GOP will need a large war chest to take on the Democrats, who are also trying to avoid in fighting.

The Democrats are organized and energized to bring change to Tallahassee, and we are going to do that by electing Alex Sink as our next governor, said Florida Democrats Spokesman Eric Jotkoff.

But not every one is as quick to down play the primary.

Some Republicans are asking the state party to step aside and let the voters pick the candidates.

Voters rights and public interest groups agree.

To the extent that political parties dominate who can run and who cant run as a candidate, we are going to see less interest in elections, said Brad Ashwell with Florida PIRG.

But diminishing interest in voting is exactly what some party bosses would like. Primary Elections can either help or hurt a party. A hard fought primary can rally supporters or cause animosity toward the winning candidate. It can also give the opposing party fire power to uses in the general election.

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