Clinton Wins Florida and The Delegate Question Looms

Hillary Clinton had a decisive victory in Florida’s primary tonight, but the question looms of whether the delegates will be seated at the Democratic Convention this summer. Here’s Hillary Clinton talking to Wolf Blitzer about the win, the delegates and the the issues that matter to voters (h/t to Taylor Marsh):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iwhJ-ha_SI

Once again Hillary Clinton proves in the interview above that she’s confident and on the mark on the issues. And she makes a point that would seem to be valid to Florida voters, their votes should count in the process.

Make no mistake about it, if tonight’s win had gone to Barack Obama, you can bet his reaction would have been a lot different, in regards to the delegates (remember the furor over the one Nevada delegate?), but , instead of congratulations, this is the snark from the Obama camp, via The Fix:

Barack Obama’s campaign put out an e-mail the moment the polls closed in Florida, poking fun at the “beauty contest” nature of the primary. “Obama and Clinton tie for delegates in Florida,” read the missive. “0 for Obama, 0 for Clinton.”

But as the Clinton campaign noted tonight:

Hillary Clinton won a significant victory today in the Florida primary with the biggest turnout in Florida Democratic primary history. She will end up with more votes than John McCain, the winner of the Republican primary. And Floridians cast more votes than were cast in Iowa, Nevada, South Carolina, and New Hampshire combined.

Hmmm… More votes than John McCain in the Republican primary? Democrats came out in droves in a state that the candidates did not campaign in. And clearly from the exit poll data it was a “large, broad, and diverse group of voters came out and voted for Hillary in Florida.” In fact, Hillary “won women, men, and just about every age category. She won 6 in 10 Latinos and nearly 3 in 10 African American voters.”

The vote turned out to be far more than symbolic. Well over 1.5 million Democrats cast their ballots, more than twice the number of voters who came out to vote in the 2004 primary.

As Taylor Marsh noted tonight, if “Mr. Obama believes the Democratic party will end up ignoring Florida voters and delegates, maybe everyone supporting him should reconsider. Two words: election 2000.”

Stay tuned… no doubt there will be more heat over the Florida delegates before this race is decided.

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4 Responses to Clinton Wins Florida and The Delegate Question Looms

  1. PanMetron says:

    The voting numbers are at once impressive and a little chilling.,

    Impressive, yes – that we got that many Democrats out there voting without any active campaigns running their get-out-the-vote efforts. Also impressive that Hillary got over 850,000 votes – these are the votes of Americans who don’t give a flip about rules and delegates, they just wanted to make sure their voices were heard and it’s a dicey game for Obama to risk alienating them (and the rest of the millions of Hillary supporters).

    But it’s also chilling that Republican turnout was so strong. Registered Republicans are a smaller group than registered Democrats in Florida, and yet they also turned out in record numbers, and not because they were voting against anyone – they are engaged this year and this will be a tough fight. All the more reason to not alienate or dismiss Florida Democrats, because every vote will count.

    Are you listening (or counting), Barack?

    Florida Votes, Jan 29 2008

  2. Coy says:

    How about a Boycott!
    Jan 30, 2008
    All of the 48 states whom the DNC has not striped their delegates from should stop and think this could be us. All 48 states should then tell the DNC reinstate these two states delegates or face a nation wide boycott at the convention. Look, not everyone has heard Florida had a constitutional amendment that had to be voted on by the Jan. 29, 2008 so why have two elections. In addition, our House and Senate are majority Republican controlled. We Democrats could not have stopped our primary date change if we wanted to. At least that is what I have been told.
    So let us see solidarity for a change on a nation wide scale. Contact you’re State Democratic Party, force the issue and stand up for your fellow Democrats we are very powerful united. This is why Howard Dean has pulled our delegates, these two states would give Hillary the Nomination not his puppet.

  3. Cheryl says:

    WHAT CAN WE DO? WE MUST ACT QUICKLY? IS THERE ANYTHING GOING ON THAT YOU ARE AWARE OF IN EITHER STATE TO FIGHT THIS ATROCITY?

    It is a disgrace on the part of the DNC to have ever made such an unwise decision to take away the vote of the people. The voters of Michigan and Florida DID NOT make the choice to change the date. They voted on the date it was held. We deserve to be a part of this election like any other state. If they need to punish someone – punish whomever made this decision.

    I am very upset with Obama for his attitude towards this – as if we are meaningless and worthless. He jokes about it. He is a man who says that he has a dream – well I am not included in that dream. He says MLK is his hero – well MLK would be turning over in his grave if he knew that Obama was trying to deny even 1 vote to count. This was part of MLKs lifeworks. He wanted to take us back to the 60s with his claims to be so like MLK and JFK, well we are back in the 60s but he would be the oppressive government official taking away rights of Americans that both MLK and JFK detested.

    Is anyone who finds this so humerous aware that the DNC has decided to ignore over 2 Million voters from having a choice. Don’t give me that we can have a caucus instead. We Voted and we want our vote to count.

    I never realized how much my vote meant to me until I had it taken away. All those people who are chasing Obama’s dream better think deeply about this. I am afraid to have a president who would take my vote from me.

    Has anyone bothered to go to the Democratic National Committee website. You Should – Go to http://www.democrats.org, click on Agenda and election reform and just see what they claim to be their main agenda – it is a total lie. They are guilty of what they claim they are trying to protect. The opening paragraph reads as follows:

    “A fundamental tenet of our democracy is the right to vote and have that vote counted. We must be vigilant in protecting this right and ensuring that our voting system is fair for every American”

    Now think, Isn’t the DNC a bit of a hypocrite? Another thing – at the convention I would hope that every superdelegate considers the delegates that should have come from Michigan and Florida and votes with those people in mind. If their delegates give the election to Obama – so be it. If they give it to Clinton – so be it. But at the end of the day it is only right that our voices be heard with everyone else in this country who has voted. Anything less would be oppression.

    PLEASE – I WOULD ASK THAT EVERY PERSON WHO THINKS THIS IS A JOKE OR THINK THAT WE ARE WORTHLESS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA THINK REALLY HARD BEFORE THEY AGREE WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD TAKE AWAY THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND BE HEARD FROM ANYONE. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO THE CANDIDATE IS WHAT MATTERS IS THAT IT IS WRONG.

    CONTACT YOUR STATE OFFICIALS, CONTACT THE CONGRESSMEN, AND STAND UP FOR MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA. WHO KNOWS – THE NEXT TIME IT COULD BE ONE OF YOUR RIGHTS TAKEN FROM YOU!!! CALL THE DNC AND TELL THEM ALL VOTES SHOULD BE COUNTED (202)863-2000. We want to be part of the dream.

  4. Gina Kray says:

    Count the Florida and Michigan votes. They should not be excluded on a technical point that the voters had no control over. Their votes count. It is undemocratic and unjust to exclude them from this process. Their voices must be heard just as everyone elses are being heard. Otherwise whoever is nominated cannot be claimed to represent the views of the the whole of Democrat America.