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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Monday, February 09, 2004

    Spend now, vote later 

    Florida lived up to its reputation as a major source of financial fuel for presidential candidates, donating $7.5 million to Democrats and $10.9 million to President Bush last year. Florida ranked third as donor state for both parties.

    Only California (both parties), New York (Democrats) and Texas (Republicans) were larger sources of campaign dollars.

    Most of the money the candidates collected in Florida has already been spent on TV ads, staff and campaign events from Arizona to Maine. But very little is likely to be spent on the Florida primary March 9, because most political experts expect the nomination to be decided by then.

    ''Florida is in the funny position of being a huge financial base and could be the single most important state in the election, yet it's nearly irrelevant in the primaries,'' said David Niven, a political science professor at Florida Atlantic University.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 2:45 PM



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