|FLORIDA||27 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Florida Secretary of State)
Florida has: 67 counties.
Four counties over 1 million: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough. >
Six cities over 200,000: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Hileah, Orlando. (Miami-Ft. Lauderdale is the largest metropolitan area). >
Secretary of State
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 67.5%.
According to county early voting reports compiled by the Secretary of State, 2,610,308 Floridians voted early (30.88% of turnout).
Total Registration: 11,247,634.
Total ballots: 8,453,743.
From a plurality of 380,978 votes (5.01 percentage points) for Bush-Cheney in 2004, Florida switched to the Democrats, giving the Obama-Biden ticket a plurality of 236,450 votes (3.19 percentage points). Obama-Biden carried 15 counties to 52 for McCain-Palin.
General Election Details
Obama/Allies | McCain/Allies | Nader
|Registration (closing date Dec. 31, 2007):
Dem. 4,137,067 (40.55%) Rep. 3,825,727 (37.50%) No Pty Aff. 1,911,510 (18.73%) Other Parties 328,808
(3.22%) Total 10,203,112.
|See: Trials and Tribulations in Determining the State's 2008 National Convention Delegations|
Because the early date violates DNC rules, the national party had reduced Florida's allotment of delegates by 100% to zero. At its meeting on May 31 the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee approved voted to seat the full delegation but allow each delegate only half a vote.
Because the early date violates RNC rules, the national party has reduced Florida's allotment of delegates by half, from 114 Delegates [3 RNC; 36 at-large; 75 by CD (3 x 25)] to 57 delegates and 57 alternates.
Allocation: At large winner-take-all by statewide vote; CD winner-take-all by CD.
Reactions: Giuliani, Huckabee, McCain, Romney
-Nov. 28, 2007 - YouTube/Google and CNN debate in FL (initially scheduled for Sept. 17, 2007). >
-Dec. 9, 2007 - Univision Network Presidential Forum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. > (initially scheduled for Sept. 16 at University of Miami's BankUnited Center.
-Jan. 24, 2008 - Republican Presidential Debate at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. >
Note: The Florida
Party considered doing a straw poll during its Presidency IV
to be held Oct. 20-21, 2007 in Orlando, but ruled that out in Feb.
This would have been a mega-event like the Republican Party of Iowa's
Poll in Ames.
|General Election -- Tuesday, November 2, 2004|
|Voting Eligible Population:
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 64.4%.
Of 7,646,092 total votes cast:
27,742 people cast provisional ballots
10,007 provisional ballots were counted
Total Registration: 10,301,290.
Registration Deadline: Oct. 4, 2004.
Early voting: Started Oct. 18, 2004.
(SoS: "The 2004 Legislature passed legislation which standardizes early voting throughout the state...all supervisors will begin conducting early voting in their main and branch offices 15 days before the election.")
There were no post-election dramatics this time, as Bush-Cheney won the Sunshine State with a plurality of 380,978 votes (5.01 percentage points), carrying 56 counties to 11 for Kerry. About 1.5 million more votes were cast than in 2000.
General Election Details | Photos
Kerry/Allies | Bush/Cheney '04
|General Election -- Tuesday, November 7, 2000|
| Voting Eligible Population: 10,667,193.
VEP Highest Office Turnout Rate: 55.9%.
Total Registration: 8,752,717.
All told about 6.1 million people cast ballots in Florida. According to the Florida Task Force report there were 179,855 blank or spoiled ballots; this includes uncertified results from 3 counties. The Miami Herald, in its post-election analysis, examined 176,087 uncounted ballots: 111,261 overvotes and 64,826 undervotes, while. USA Today examined 171,908 untabulated ballots: 111,261 overvotes and 60,647 undervotes. The Florida Ballots Project suggests a total of around 172,000. However, all these numbers depend on what is counted. For example in some of the larger counties there were "trays and trays" of absentee ballots where, for example, the signatures didn't match, that didn't get counted.
It took a 36-day post-election odyssey to finalize the outcome, but Gov. Bush officially won Florida by 537 votes. The election was decided as much in the courts as at the polls (Battle for Florida), and there will always be doubts in some people's minds about who won. Bush carried 51 counties and the federal absentee ballots, while Vice President Gore won in 16 counties. The Democrats' base in Florida is in the southeast (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade), while Republicans fared well in rural counties. Thus in many ways the race came down to the I-4 corridor, which runs across central Florida from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach.
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