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Nelson: Florida more important than ever



Billnelson Despite the Democratic presidential boycott of Florida and the unpleasantness between Florida leaders and the DNC, Sen. Bill Nelson sees Florida's Jan. 29 primary shaping up to be crucial: "Despite the Democratic National Committee trying to miniize Florida, I think Florida is going to be a major influence going into the 22 primaries on Feb. 5, '' Nelson told Buzz.  "It looks like the Democratic candidates are going to kind  of be bunched up with  with no clear winner coming into late January...'' Nelson told Buzz. "Florida becomes the table-setter for super Tuesday."

Nelson said he'll be surprised if candidates actually bypass Florida after South Carolina's primary on Jan. 26. "They're saying they won't (for now) because there's a gun to their head from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Sen. Nelson dismissed the suggestion that he's already aligned with Clinton, and said he hasn't decided when and who to endorse:  "Clearly the nominee is going to need Florida in November, so I'm going to wait and see how they treat us in the meantime."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:13pm]


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