Does everyone remember the 2008 primaries and how front heavy they became, turning Super Tuesday into Ridiculously Super Tuesday? And, do you all remember how Florida stole the show, moving itself up to January 29th? The RNC as a result stripped Florida of half of its delegates for that move, but this was of little consequence to the State’s Legislator, because even after this “penalty” Florida still possessed more delegates than 38 of the other states, and with its winner take all system they completely altered the race as it was up to that point.
Now they’re at it again; Florida is considering moving their primary to January 31st, just three days after South Carolina, one week after New Hampshire and just two short weeks after Iowa. Additionally, consider the fact that Florida has more delegates than all three of the afore mentioned States, and that fact in combination with Florida’s winner-takes-all primary system, conceivably an individual could lose all prior races but win Florida and come out the undisputed leader for the remainder of the race. In 2008, John McCain found himself in a very tight race leading up to Florida, but thanks to a last minute endorsement by the then very popular Governor, Charlie Crist; McCain was able to pull off the upset victory and essentially secure the nomination right there.
Now Florida is a swing state, so it may not be a bad thing for them to have an early primary, it allows the people of that crucial state to choose who is best suited for the general election there, but the issue still remains that this early date for a very-large winner-takes-all state will make most later primaries and caucuses little more than a formality.
If Florida is to have an early primary they need to be a proportional delegate state, this would allow for a genuine vetting of the candidates nationwide. But if they are to remain as they are, they need to follow protocol and have their primary with the other winner-takes-all states; towards the end of the process where only a couple of viable candidates are left in the race and the ultimate winner can solidify his/her victory.
Ultimately, Republican Voters must urge their Party leadership to decisively handle Florida’s misconduct; they, Florida, must be stricken of ALL of their delegates; for this is the only way to force them reconsider their primary date. Hopefully America won’t allow one state dictate the course of her future!