If Republican Jon Huntsman does announce his candidacy, as is widely expected, and does base his campaign in Orlando, it’s another sign of the large role Florida will play in the GOP primary process and the general election.
Florida’s is an important battleground state and the Republican party’s presidential nominating convention will be held in Tampa. The on-going controversy over when the state hold’s its presidential primary is another sign of Florida’s importance in campaign politics.
“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.