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Florida's presidential primary ballot is set



Dscn1697 Democratic presidential candidates have all but abandoned Florida voters. But that didn't stop the state's Presidential candidate selection Committee from meeting Tuesday as required by law to formally vote to approve 17 presidential candidates who have met the state's qualifying rules. The Jan. 29 ballot wil feature nine Republicans and eight Democrats, and Secretary of State Kurt Browning said any candidate has until Nov. 12 to remove his (or her) name from the ballot.

The members of the committee who voted include (L-R) GOP chairman Jim Greer, House Speaker Marco Rubio, Democratic leaders Sen. Steve Geller and Rep. Dan Gelber and Democratic Party chair Karen Thurman. Senate President Ken Pruitt participated by phone and Secretary of State Browning, a non-voting member, presided over the 10-minute session.

Geller said he contacted Al Gore's office to confirm that the former vice president and defeated candidate in 2000 didn't want to be on the ballot. Coincidentally, the action came as dozens of actors filmed scenes for HBO's "Recount" outside the Capitol.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:26am]


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