We have been stressing the importance of the Sunshine State for the eventual 2012 GOP nominee from the outset.
“Florida is by far and away the single most important state for the GOP and its presidential contenders, both in the primary and in the general election. If the eventual Republican nominee fails to win Florida, then President Obama is all but guaranteed reelection,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told CNN.
Now it seems everyone is hopping on the Florida bandwagon, as evidenced by a recent blog post from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
In recent days, Republican strategists have been offering me a 2012 version of Florida, Florida, Florida. They are already looking way down the road to a close election next year, and they are underlining the importance of that state and its 29 electoral votes.
By the way, Democratic strategists are also understandably very sensitive to Florida. That may explain why the President asked Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to serve as Democratic party chair. Sheâs popular in his South Florida district, and Jewish.
Bottom line in all of this: Get ready Floridians â the presidential candidates and their surrogates will be showing you lots of love.