Super Tuesday is finally here, and Hillary Clinton is prepping for the race against Bernie Sanders to hopefully play out in her favor. Both Democratic candidates have their voter bases who are ardently supportive, so wherever she goes, her base will surely follow in mind and in heart. Interestingly enough, however, she will not spend her time on March 1 in any of the 13 states participating in the Super Tuesday race. Instead, she is looking ahead to Florida, a notorious swing state with a major race approaching on March 15. Since Clinton will spend Super Tuesday out of the big 13 states of the SEC primary, what are her plans in Florida?
Well, again, Florida is a swing state, and one that holds a high number of Democratic delegates — 246, exactly — and not for nothing, Floridians take voting seriously. According to ABC News, approximately 261,000 Democratic voters have already submitted absentee ballots ahead of the primary on March 15, so Clinton has an opportunity to affect a large number of voters in the Sunshine State. And she probably wants to secure her votes early on, especially since 44 percent of Republican absentee votes are from Republicans who did not vote in 2012, according to ABC News, which means the stakes look high for the second half of the year.
Some are arguing that she has already won the Democratic nomination, at least if projections for Super Tuesday follow form. USA Today explains that although delegates are awarded proportionally and based on popular vote in the Democratic race, Clinton currently has the backing of most superdelegates who have decided thus far.
Even so, she plans to hold a nighttime rally in Miami on March 1, just to drive the point home — not coincidentally in one of the most ethnically diverse regions of the state and nation. Sanders also has a huge supporter base, and with proportional delegates put his way, the race could turn out closer than many imagine.
Of the 12 million registered voters in Florida, 66 percent are white, 15 percent are Hispanic, and 13 percent are black. Miami is representative of each of those demographics, so Clinton's time will certainly go well spent. Although she may start turning her attention to Republicans, this race could still prove close in a variety of ways, so investing time in those 12 million voters could make life a little easier for Clinton down the road. March 1 will make a huge difference in the difficulty she faces in Florida on March 15, so it's no matter which state she is in, since Super Tuesday will surely play a role.
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