How about 5 counties NOT worth paying attention to on Election Day in Florida

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Every political reporter worth their salt has a list of which counties to pay attention to for a feel of how the election results will go in today’s GOP primary.  Charlie Mahtesian identifies nine.  Adam Smith has his five. Etc., etc.

Picking which five or six counties to watch is easy, if you ask me. How about a list of which counties not to watch? Which counties are true armpits?

Well, here’s my list:

Take Holmes County, a tiny sliver of land in the Panhandle with just under 20,000 people. Nine out of ten residents there are white, and most of them who voted in the 2010 Democratic primary voted for Jeff Greene over Kendrick Meek.

Add to this list, Highlands and Okeechobee counties in southern Florida, as well as Lafayette and Union counties.  All of these counties voted for whitebread Jeff Greene over Kendrick Meek.

In other words, if the Democrats in Holmes, Highlands, lafayette, Okeechobee and Union counties are racist, what do you think the Republicans are like?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.