Election 2008


McCain Takes Florida

January 30, 2008 07:35 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
After winning the Florida primary, Sen. John McCain becomes the favorite to win the Republication nomination.

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Sen. John McCain won a tight battle over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Florida primary, snatching 36 percent of the vote to Romney’s 31 percent.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani came in third and is expected to withdraw from the race and endorse McCain, a GOP official told CNN.

Although Sen. Hillary Clinton enjoyed an easy victory in the Sunshine State, the vote will likely have little bearing on the election. The Democratic National Committee banned the Florida delegates from the national convention as a punishment for scheduling their primary too early in the year.

Most major newspapers called McCain’s victory decisive, taking the senator a step closer to the Republican nomination.

The Washington Post said the victory made the Arizona senator a “clear front-runner in a two-man presidential race that could be decided as soon as next week.”

However, The New York Times reckons that Romney’s and McCain’s chances are now equal. The Times also stresses that because registered independent voters—who have played a large role in McCain’s previous victories—are barred from voting in Florida’s GOP primary, his victory is a clear sign that he can win among a Republican-only electorate.

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