Senate prez goal for Florida: Primary No. 5by Dara Kam | March 16th, 2011
Senate President Mike Haridopolos wants the Sunshine State to get No. 5 billing in next year’s presidential primaries to help secure Florida’s role in selecting the 2012 GOP presidential nominee.
That would make Florida the first big state to hold a GOP primary and avoid the loss of convention delegates by skipping in front of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, as Republicans have threatened should Florida keep its current January 31 primary date.
“We’re not looking to go first or second or even third or fourth,” Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, said. “Our goal is usually to be Number 1; we want to be Number 5. I’m okay with Number 5. So the idea is, how do we make us Number 5. We do not want to lose delegates, obviously.”
Haridopolos, a U.S. Senate candidate whose name will be on the ballot in the GOP primary in the fall, believes a Florida win in the presidential primary will determine the next presidential nominee, pointing to U.S. Sen. John McCain’s Florida victory in 2008.
“It makes a lot of sense that if you can win in Florida, that you can find a lot of success nationally,” Haridopolos said. “Because, candidly, I’d like to have a new president. I’m not going to support Barack Obama. I know I’m breaking news here, but I’m not going to support him for re-election.”