For once, Florida’s presidential primary is not only relevant. It may go a long way to deciding the direction of the GOP’s primary battle. Mitt Romney’s leads nationally and in Florida have vanished. But leads have see-sawed throughout the campaign. Gingrich had led the field nationally between mid-November and the end of December, only to plummet before the Iowa caucuses, where he did poorly. The $5 million casino magnates Miriam and Sheldon Adelson plunked on his campaign last month helped turn the tide in his favor in South Carolina. The Adelson are adding another $5 million for the campaign in Florida.
Florida has a closed primary: only registered Republicans may cast a ballot. There are 23,906 registered Republicans in Flagler County at last count (virtually even with registered Democrats. Some 18,000 voters in Flagler either have no party affiliation or are registered with a minor party.)
Early voting began on Jan. 21 goes on only until the 28th, at just one location: the Flagler County Supervisor of Elections Office at the Government Services Building, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building 2, Suite 101. Voting is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (The early voting location, and those same times, apply to Flagler Beach voters in that city’s municipal election, also set for Jan. 31.)
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