John McClain and Hillary Clinton Win the January 29th, 2008 Florida Presidential Primary
John McCain defeated the other Republican presidential candidates to win the Florida primary and in the process knocked Rudy Giuliani out of the race. Giuliani staked his candidacy on winning Florida and his defeat there means that he will drop out of the race soon. The Republican race is now looking like a two way race between John McCain and Mitt Romney with Super Tuesday less than a week away.
The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of it’s delegates and as a result the candidates did not campaign in the sate. Hillary Clinton, the winner of Florida, is lobbying to have Florida’s delegates reinstated.
Republican Presidential Primary
Democrat Presidential Primary
County by County Florida Primary Election Results from the Washington Post
Rudy Giuliani’s unconventional campaign strategy was to skip the early states to focus on Florida. The strategy did not pay off and Giuliani did not win a single county in Florida. Expect him to drop out of the race and endorse McCain soon.
County by County Florida Primary Election Results from the New York Times
1/20/2008 Pre-Election Coverage
Rudy Giuliani’s once significant lead in Florida has collapsed and it is now a four way race with Rudy Giuliani , John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney essentially tied. Romney, Huckabee and McCain are trending upwards in the polls at Giuliani’s expense with both Romney and McCain enjoying momentum from their wins in Nevada and South Carolina.
The Democratic National Convention stripped Florida of all its delegates as punishment for moving their primary from February 5th to January 29th without permission. As a result, Clinton, Obama, and Edwards have all pledged not to campaign in Florida. Hillary Clinton leads in the polls.
Pre-Election Coverage: Political Geography – An Interactive Guide to Florida from the Washington Post
Pre-Election Coverage: The Last Scramble from the New York Times
Pre-Election Florida Primary Election Scorecard from the Slate
Pre-Election Florida Primary Coverage from the New York Times