Brilliant move by the Florida Republican Party.
But Politico does not see things that way:
For years, Florida Republicans have been trying to boost their state’s relevance in the battle for the GOP nomination. But their latest move — making the March 15 primary a winner-take-all contest — is showing signs of backfiring.
By awarding all of the state’s 99 GOP delegates to the primary winner, the state is dangling a significant prize in front of White House hopefuls. But with two native sons in the race, the high-stakes nature of the contest is also providing an excuse to skip the most expensive primary state and spend their money elsewhere.I disagree. I think Florida made a good move that will get either Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush the nomination, which will help Florida.
Skipping Florida looks nice on paper but momentum counts more than money in the primaries. Given its mid-March positioning, this is a late primary.By then, the field should narrow considerably. I really don't see how skipping Florida will do anything but stop a candidate's momentum -- and I don't see anyone squeezing past both Rubio and Bush.
But we shall see.