Florida primary information

The Florida primary election is March 17, 2002. Florida is a closed primary state, meaning that only registered party members may vote in the primary election. Only Florida residents over the age of 18 can register as a party member, and if voters are not registered, they’ll have to wait until Nov. 3, when the nominees have been narrowed down, to vote in the general election.  

In 2016, 33 percent of Florida Democrats voted for current nominee Bernie Sanders, while 64 percent Democrats voted for Hillary Clinton. In the Republican primary, President Donald Trump won the majority of votes while Florida senator Marco Rubio was second.  

Florida is considered a swing state because it can shift between voting majority Democratic or Republican. For this reason, Florida is especially targeted by major campaigns. However, none of the Democratic nominees for 2020 visited the Florida Democratic Convention and have mainly focused their attention other states. 

According to polling data from FiveThirtyEight, 27 percent of Floridians favor Biden for the Democratic nomination as of Feb. 11. For the Republican primary, Trump is polling at 80% in Florida and 90% nationally, essentially guaranteeing him the Republican nomination. For this reason, the focus nationwide is on the Democratic race, and on March 17, Floridians will take their turn in deciding who to nominate.