Hillary Clinton (NY) won the FL Democrat primary, and gets bragging rights (“I am thrilled to have had this vote of confidence that you have given me today”) but no convention delegates because the national committee stripped the state of its delegates as punishment for moving up the date of the primary election from February 5th. To underscore that point, just after CNN called the race for Hillary, Obama’s campaign put out a statement: “Breaking… Obama and Clinton tie for delegates in Florida. 0 for Obama, 0 for Clinton.”
Hillary got 50 percent of the vote, Barack Obama (IL) got 33 percent and John Edwards (NC) just 14 percent. It’s debatable how predictive the vote breakdown is for the contests to come on Super Duper Tuesday, since the candidates did not campaign in the state except for a few ads for Obama running on cable channels and several fund-raisers attended by Hillary.
As in SC, Hillary won the majority of the white vote (53 percent), but Obama and Edwards tied for the rest of these votes at 22 percent each. Edwards would do Obama a huge favor if he dropped out now, so that Obama can capture more of the white vote that Hillary isn’t getting – in the 22 states holding contests next week, whites comprise six in 10 voters.
Hillary and Obama split the minority vote, with Hillary getting overwhelming support from Hispanic voters and Obama winning 70 percent of the black vote. Hillary got more votes than Obama amongst white women, the reverse was true amongst black women.
Hillary also promised FL voters that she “will do everything I can to make sure not only are Florida’s Democratic delegates seated, but Florida is in the winning column for the Democrats in 2008.” Political analysts expect the national party to relent and seat FL’s 185 delegates and MI’s 156 delegates at the convention in Denver.