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Florida Democratic delegates get better convention hotel than Republicans

Four years ago, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus punished the Florida GOP for setting an early presidential primary date by assigning delegates to the nice, but distant Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. That meant delegates from America's biggest swing state spent a lot of time on buses travelling to and from the national convention in downtown Tampa. 

Well, it seems this year Florida Republicans again will be housed away from the center of the action, as the delegation has been assigned to two hotels, the Courtyard and Embassy Suites in Independence. That's only about a 20-minute drive drive, which is not bad -- a heckuva lot better than California's delegation, an hour away in Sandusky -- but not nearly as good as location as the delegation from utterly uncompetitive Texas received, the Marriott Key Hotel downtown.

Meanwhile, Florida's Democratic delegates also have prime downtown real estate for their convention in Philadelphia, the Marriott Downtown, more befitting of Florida's 29 electoral votes. Having the DNC Chairwoman in the delegation may have helped a teensy bit too.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 3:04pm]


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