March 19th, 2008
06:27 AM ET
13 years ago

Some Florida Dems say count the primary if you want our fall vote

(CNN) - A survey finds one in four Florida Democrats may not support their party’s nominee if the state’s delegation is not seated at the nominating convention in Denver this summer, and three in four say it is “very important” that the state’s delegates count towards the nomination.

Earlier this week, the state party announced that it would not hold a second primary. The first was not recognized by the Democratic National Committee because of penalties over the early date of the vote.

The major presidential candidates all agreed not to campaign in the state in advance of the January 29 contest. More than 1.75 million voters – a state record – weighed in, but no delegates were awarded.

Hillary Clinton won that primary, and twice as many of her supporters (56 percent) as Obama supporters (27 percent) want those results to stand in the new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll.

But more Obama supporters would like to see the January results count than hold a new primary, or divide the state’s delegates between the two remaining Democratic candidates. A mail-in primary – another alternative option that had been weighed by the state party – was even less popular; fewer than one in 10 voters overall approve of that option.

Obama would make a much stronger showing in any re-vote than he did in the original contest; he now trails Clinton among the state’s Democrats by fewer than 10 points, 46 to 37 percent.

Florida’s voters feel there’s plenty of blame to go around for the primary debacle: one-quarter blame DNC chairman Howard Dean, and slightly more blame GOP leaders in the state legislature, who set the early primary date. One-fifth blame the state Democratic Party.

The survey included telephone interviews with 600 registered Democrats and frequent Florida voters, and was conducted March 15-17. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand 

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. maya


    COUNT THE VOTES. This is getting RIDICULOUS!!! ALL names were on the ballot- no campaigning- an EVEN playing field. What more could one ask for?

    March 19, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. sacto joe


    Accept responsibility for your actions or inactions.

    March 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Jbecks

    So? Some Florida Dems have their head up their *arse*. Why is this news? If they want to take it out on the world by voting to stay in Iraq for 100 years, so be it. Florida has a history of destroying the democratic process. Why should they stop now?

    March 19, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Obama the other white meat

    I am sure there are a lot of primary states that would love do overs after Obama's issues that come out. I know lots of Obama supporters that would love to take their votes back now.

    Hillary 08, the real answer for hope.

    March 19, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Mike Orlando, FL

    I'm a Florida Democrat and I'm angry. Howard Dean and the DNC hear me roar!!!

    March 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. bogie813

    So, the Dems are throwing it away again. No wonder we have had Bush around for a second term. They are complete idiots!

    March 19, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. Angelica

    The rules are the rules. Either re-vote or live with the rules that everyone agreed to PRIOR to the vote.

    March 19, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Ziri

    As a florida voter, if our votes are not counted, I will personally start a movement called DEMS FOR MCCAIN in the fall. COUNT OUR VOTES.

    March 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Jdona

    Stand your ground Florida! Refuse to support the DNC with their fund raising until they seat the delegates. Half of this country stands with you, the only ones who don't are Obama supporters who fear he would loose if your delegates were seated. If you took the time to go to the polls and vote, your vote should be counted. The ones who didn't vote, have only themselves to blame. No one told them to stay home, they just didn't want to be bothered or take the time to vote. That is their choice, but it is not your choice if you voted to have your votes not count. We support you!

    March 19, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. sozzi

    You idiots from from Florida couldn't even win the state in 2000 & 2004, what difference does it make if you vote or not in November.

    March 19, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. carlo

    Whatever. This election can be won without you, but we are a country of laws and rules. If you can't follow them, oh well.

    By the way, you should have started this protest when it first came into effect last year. Opposing this late in the game tells me that there is something rotten in Denmark. Is it Hillary? Me thinks so.

    March 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Alan J.

    While the democrats are busy with their intramural food fights, the Republicans are preparing to govern from the White House. It Looks like the choice is between "Animal House" or "The Right Stuff".

    March 19, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Eli

    That's just the right move Floridians, if your primary vote is not counted , come November VOTE REPUBLICANS. GOD Bless the
    Democrats, but Go for it....Vote Republican. They should know better, your vote give Pres. Bush his second term. Who Cares.

    March 19, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. terry

    You knew the rules when you voted, so that's how it goes.

    March 19, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Craig T

    Florida, we don't need or want your vote. If you can't follow the established rules, you have no gounds to whine now. You knew the rules up front and yet you ignored them. There are consequences to breaking the rules, and you have to accept it.

    You bunch of screw-ups.

    March 19, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. deb in az

    these people have a right to have their votes counted...........they are not responsible for what the leaders of their state have done..........sen clinton as well as senator obamas names were on the ballot......since they split the delegates accordingly i wouldnt think that this would make that much difference in barack obamas would only put him further out ahead in this race...........but the question is he electable?????? who knows the other things fox news may have........i can guarantee come the general election the republicans are going to go after sen obama alot harder than fox news did......

    March 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Shame on you America

    So I guess when you tell your children they'll be punished if they disobey you and they do it... I guess you just give in and give them what they want, huh? What's that teaching them? How will they every obey your rules....

    Well I guess with the state of affairs among the nation's youth now, it's plain to see that's exactly what you'd do...


    Whatever it takes to win, huh Hillary Supporters...

    March 19, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. T-Mag

    The thoughts of voter disenfranchisement should have been vocalized and harped upon when Florida and Michigan decided to move their primary date up. They stood toe-to-toe with the DNC. The DNC did not blink. Too late now to be hollering about "all voices being heard."

    With that said, I'm interested to see how the Florida GOP legislators have the power to move up a state Democratic primary date without the consent of the state Democratic leadership. I admit that I'm ignorant to how that happened. But for folks who holler about "rules" and the U.S. being a "nation of laws," we shouldn't even be discussing this. The time to gain influence before Super Tuesday is not the year of a doggone election. Tough break, Florida and Michigan; your leadership utterly failed you.

    March 19, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Tom Swift, Shopton

    Who cares?

    Florida has proven time andd again that they cannot hold an election without major problems... how about none of 'em show up to vote, eh? Maybe we'd all be better off.

    March 19, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. wilson

    Florida votes must be counted and no revote must be allowed.
    Rules set by DNC or Howard Dean has fundamental flaw. The states must be counted no matter what.

    I do not think Howard Dean forseen a tight race between the two.....
    We now need the votes to decide. So go for it.....

    March 19, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Melanie

    The notion of democrats voting for the GOP if Florida voters don’t get their way is simply ridiculous. If you prefer to vote for a GOP candidate because you feel disenfranchised – and yet you realize the GOP is largely to blame, then I believe your ignorance is a better fit for the GOP! Shoot yourself in the foot why don’t you (for those of you on the slower end …please don’t take this literally). The mindset is not only ignorant but selfish. What about all of the voters who did not vote in the Florida primary because they did not think their vote would count – wouldn’t they be disenfranchised if the votes stand as counted? Hillary and her supporters were 100% behind what ever the DNC decided when they thought they were ahead. Now you decide its time to change the rules… how convenient and yet how devious.

    March 19, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |