Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Florida with 211 votes! Cast their votes...166 for Barack Obama and 51 for Hillary Clinton with 1 vote abstaining.
With a big warm welcome, the state of Florida cast its votes. Its full votes. This is a major victory for the state and it was very much in question heading into the convention. Florida had elected to move up its primary against the rules of the Democratic National Party. This set off months of debate and discussion regarding how to handle a state's decision to push up a primary to gain political leverage. The original penalty for Florida was to have no voting rights and after much negotiation the penalty was altered to 50% of votes to be counted. As the convention began this was altered again to provide both the state of Florida and Michigan to have full voting rights this evening.