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Sunburn: The Morning Read Of What’s Hot In Florida Politics – March 1

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RUMOR DU JOUR —  Florida Governor Rick Scott will endorse Donald Trump tonight during a Trump rally at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach

HAPPY SUPER TUESDAY –“This race goes national” Hillary Clinton declared on Saturday night after crushing Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina Democratic Primary, and it does in a big way on Super Tuesday as a dozen states hold primaries and caucuses across the country.

Today has also been called the SEC Primary, what with Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia , Alabama, Arkansas and Texas voters all going to the polls today.

The name of the game is delegates – a total of 595 Republican delegates are up for grabs of the 1,237 needed to clinch the GOP nomination. Sanders and Clinton are facing off for 865 of the 2,383 delegated needed to win the Democratic race.

Republicans are competing in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Democrats will award delegates in the same states apart from Alaska, and are also competing in Colorado and in American Samoa.

Clinton and Trump are the front-runners going into 2016’s biggest Election Day of the year, and both are expected to come out on top in the majority of the contests they’re engaging in on Tuesday.

With the exception of Texas, where native son Ted Cruz leads in most polls, Trump could run the table. Some Marco Rubio partisans say he has a chance in Minnesota, but the Donald looks formidable.

The GOP race has disintegrated into a raucous series of name calling in recent days, following last Thursday night’s demolition derby like debate from Houston. Although Marco Rubio appears to be having a ball on the campaign trail attacking Trump with a number of personal attacks, it remains dubious if that will change the projected flow of the campaign, which has Trump only gaining strength.

By Peter Schorsch, Phil Ammann, Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Mitch Perry, Ryan Ray, and Jim Rosica, SaintPetersBlog, SouthFloridaReporter.com, Mar. 1, 2016 

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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