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Senate votes to move Florida presidential primary to March 15, 2016

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The Florida Senate today unanimously approved a bill that will move the state’s presidential primary moves from January to March 15, 2016. This is significant because that date is the first day the state can conduct, if it chooses as expected, a primary with a winner-take-all prize for the victor. New rules announced by the Republican National Committee require the awarding of convention delegates based upon the percentage of votes earned for any primaries held between March 1 and March…

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Is Charlie Crist running for Senate or VP?

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Obviously, the current Florida governor is running for Senate, but give me a chance to explain my thoughts on the vice presidency. [Then you can decide whether the link between the two is a stretch.] First, we’ll need to assume a couple of things. For starters, everything below assumes that the primary calendar and rules will remain virtually unchanged between now and January 2012. We can argue all day about the likelihood of major reforms to the primary process, but…

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With Jon Huntsman’s appointment, Charlie Crist’s path to GOP nomination just became possible

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Jon Huntsman’s appointment as Ambassador to China just made a Charlie Crist candidacy much more plausible. Without Huntsman to siphon off independents and Democrats in New Hampshire, Crist becomes the primo moderate. Tim Pawlenty might lean moderate, but Sam’s Club doesn’t have a huge following in the hamlets of New Hampshire. On the other hand, Charlie Crist’s strongest conservative case is his record on taxes. And that’s the way New Hampshire Republicans like to have their drinks — slightly stirred…

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