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.