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Scott Walker pledges allegiance to Fla's electoral votes

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raised somebrows recently when he said something sensible, if not politic: He may not campaign hard in Florida's March, 2016 presidential primary because Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are such local favorites and only the first place winner will earn any delegates. But on Tuesday Walker went out of his way to stress that he is not snubbing Florida, whose 29 electoral votes are essential to any Republican's prospects of winning the White House.

"If I didn't think I could compete, I wouldn't be here today. I've made four trips to Florida (this year) and many more in the past," said Walker, noting that he spent a lot of time as a kid in Fort Myers visiting grandparents and that his wife has family in Bonita Springs.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 2:25pm]


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