Battleground State Profile: Florida
























State Data:




2008 Primary Results:

Hillary Clinton: 50%

Barack Obama: 33%

John Edwards: 14%



John McCain: 36%

Mitt Romney: 31%

Rudy Giuliani: 15%





2004 Election Results:


George W. Bush: 50.12%

John Kerry: 47.09%





2000 Election Results:


George W. Bush: 48.85%

Al Gore: 48.84%





Racial Breakdown:


White: 65.4%

Black: 14.6%

Hispanic: 16.8%

Other: 3.2%





Income:


Under 25k: 30.8%

25-50k: 31.6%

50-100k: 27.2%

Over 100k: 10.4%





Education:


Less than H.S.: 20.1%

H.S. or Higher: 79.9%

BA or Higher: 22.3%

Grad/Prof Deg: 8.1%















Who do you think will win Florida?






John McCain


Barack Obama










































Florida










With 27 electoral votes up for grabs, Florida offers up the largest prize of all of the battleground states. McCain had an early lead in a state that tilts Republican but it's shaping up to be tight heading into the fall campaign.




Obama suffers from the distinct disadvantage of not having campaigned in the state during the primary season and he may be hindered by the fallout over the delegate-seating controversy.



McCain enjoys the vocal support of popular governor Charlie Crist, whose late endorsement in the primary helped push the Arizona senator over the top against Mitt Romney in the state. Obama suffers from the distinct disadvantage of not having campaigned in the state during the primary season and he may be hindered by the fallout over the delegate-seating controversy. But he has spent time in the state since wrapping up the nomination and looks to make an all-out effort here.



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Poll Averages










Real Clear Politics averages recent polls from a wide number of media sources, including some not recognized or used by CBS News, and shows the average lead of the top candidate.

























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