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Florida picks the nominees



MANCHESTER, N.H. -- We've heard from Iowa and New Hampshire but the biggest voice in this crazy presidential campaign may be yours in 19 days. If you're a Republican, you're poised to pick the nominee. If you're a Democrat, you could deliver a nice lift to Hillary Rodham Clinton -- or drive a nail in her coffin. If you're an independent, sit back and watch this extraordinary campaign as it steams into all-important Florida on Jan. 29. More here.

Btw, it's not only our parochial take that Florida Democrats, boycotted and delegate-less, have a big voice in the Democratic nomination. Here's Karl Rove in today's Wall Street Journal: "...Despite Sen. Harry Reid's son serving as her Nevada chairman, she's likely to lose that state's caucuses on Jan. 19. Then comes South Carolina on Jan. 26, where half the Democratic voters are likely to be African-American and Mr. Obama the probable victor. That means Florida on the 29th looms very large. The outcome of the contest in the Sunshine State is likely to have a disproportionate impact on the 23 contests on Super Tuesday."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:14pm]


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