Carl Hiaasen on What Florida Means for the Rest of the Race

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mitt Romney and his wife Ann greet the crowd gathered at election night headquarters inside the Tampa Convention Center. (Paul J. Richards/Getty)

Initially scheduled for March, Florida fought to have its primary moved up to January this year — and lost 50 delegates in the process. With a record number of voters turning up to the polls, it's clear that the sunshine state wants to assert itself as a political kingmaker alongside Iowa and New Hampshire.

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for The Miami Herald and author of several novels and children’s books.

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