Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Rick Scott's primary math: Florida is important

Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivers the keynote address at Florida's Presidency 5 meeting.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delivers the keynote address at Florida's Presidency 5 meeting.

Gov. Rick Scott rallied Republican activists at Florida's Presidency 5 straw poll with an argument for the state's supremacy in choosing the party's presidential contender.

"None will have a greater impact on the selection of the nominee than our own primary in the Sunshine State," Scott told a crowd of 3,500 on Sept. 24, 2011.

While other primaries or caucuses might be earlier, he said, Florida's population and diversity set it apart.

"At nearly 19 million people, the population of Florida is larger than all the earlier primary and caucus states combined," he said.

The Republican National Committee allows just Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to vote in February 2012 without penalty. Florida has yet to choose its primary date. But on Wednesday, House Speaker Dean Cannon said the primary will likely be Jan. 31. State lawmakers want a date as early as possible, saying it better reflects the country than the four "early" states and should play an agenda-setting role.

As Scott made his plea, we wondered: Is the population of Florida larger than Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada combined?

Turns out, yes. Read the full item here to see the numbers.