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  • Sen. John McCain claimed victory in Florida's Republican primary, and Sen. Hillary Clinton took the state's Democratic contest
  • With most precincts reporting, McCain held a 36-31 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was a distant third in the Republican contest
  • A Florida win gives McCain all 57 of the delegates at stake
  • Clinton had about 50 percent of the Democratic vote; Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was in second with 33 percent, and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards was in third with 14 percent
  • The Democratic vote may have little impact on the presidential race, however, because the party's national leadership said it would not allow Florida's delegates to participate in the national convention because of a squabble over scheduling
  • Full Florida Results | Democratic Scorecard | Republican Scorecard
Latest State Poll of Polls
Likely Democratic primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Clinton
50%
Obama
26%
Edwards
12%
Unsure
12%
Likely Republican primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
29%
Romney
28%
Giuliani
15%
Huckabee
14%
Paul
3%
Unsure
11%
The Republican poll of polls consists of these four surveys: Quinnipiac (Jan. 24-27), American Research Group (Jan. 23-24), MSNBC/McClatchy/Mason-Dixon (Jan. 22-23), and Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 (Jan. 20-22). The Democratic poll of polls consists of these four surveys: Quinnipiac (Jan. 24-27), American Research Group (Jan. 25-26), MSNBC/McClatchy/Mason-Dixon (Jan. 22-23), and Miami Herald/St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9 (Jan. 20-22).
Demographics

15,982,378
Population
78.0%
White
14.6%
Black
0.3%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1.7%
Asian
0.1%
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
2.4%
Mixed Race
3.0%
Other Race
$38,819
Median Household Income
12.5%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 1999
17.6%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
22.3%
Percentage with College Degree
16.8%
Percentage Hispanic
3.3%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 52.1% Kerry (D) 47.1%
2000 Bush (R) 48.8% Gore (D) 48.8%
1996 Clinton (D) 48.0% Dole (R) 42.3%
1992 Bush (R) 40.9% Clinton (D) 39.0%
1988 Bush (R) 60.9% Dukakis (D) 38.5%
1984 Reagan (R) 65.3% Mondale (D) 34.7%
1980 Reagan (R) 55.5% Carter (D) 38.5%
1976 Carter (D) 51.9% Ford (R) 46.6%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
2004: John Kerry won the primary with 77.2 percent; John Edwards placed second with 10 percent.
1992: Bill Clinton gained 50.8 percent to win the primary; his closest challenger was Paul Tsongas with 34.7 percent.
1988: Eventual nominee Michael Dukakis placed second with 26.3 percent, behind "Undecided" with 39.8 percent.
REPUBLICANS
2000: George W. Bush won the primary with 73.8 percent; John McCain came in second with 19.9 percent.
1996: Bob Dole placed first with 56.9 percent; his closest challenger was Steve Forbes with 20.2 percent.
1988: George H.W. Bush defeated Bob Dole, Pat Roberson and Jack Kemp with 62.1 percent of the vote.
Latest News on Florida
Primary Process
Eligible voters in both the Democratic and Republican parties go to the polls on primary day, January 29, 2008, and cast ballots in their respective contests. Each party uses its own formula to determine how to allocate delegates to their national conventions based on the outcome of the vote. Since Florida officials moved up the primary date in violation of both national Democratic and Republican party rules, the number of delegates each party may send to the national party conventions will likely be cut significantly.
Current Government
Governor: Charlie Crist (R) re-election 2010
Senator: Bill Nelson (D) re-election 2012
Senator: Mel Martinez (R) re-election 2010
U.S. House delegation: 9 Democrats, 16 Republicans
State Senate: 25 Republicans, 14 Democrats
State House: 78 Republicans, 42 Democrats
State Capital: Tallahassee
Local Media
Newspapers:
Miami Herald
St. Petersburg Times
Tallahassee Democrat
Orlando Sentinel
The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville
Palm Beach Post
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Tampa Tribune
Florida Today
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