On March 15, six states will be having their primary presidential elections.
The biggest of those is Florida. In Florida, there is what is known as a “closed primary,” a primary election in which you must be registered to a party to vote for its candidates.
This means that Democrats must be registered as a Democrat to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, and Republicans must be registered as such to vote for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, or another candidate.
Two Floridian politicians were running in the 2016 elections: Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.
While Bush, a former Florida governor, was expected to be Florida’s frontrunner, Donald Trump is currently polling first, with Ted Cruz second, and Florida Senator Rubio polling third.
Bush, who was polling at fourth, has now dropped out of the race.
“In this campaign, I have stood my ground. I have refused to bend to the political whims,” Bush said, suspending his campaign.
For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is currently in the lead.
In presidential elections, Florida is often a swing state.
That means that in the general elections, when Republicans and Democrats go head to head, the Florida elections could go either way.
In the 2012 general election, Florida was the only state decided by less than one percent, with Barack Obama gaining 50 percent of the vote, to Mitt Romney’s 49.1 percent.
In this year’s presidential election, Florida is predicted to be a swing state again, though things may change as the election approaches.
Florida has been shown to be more than just a coin toss, though. What has cemented Florida’s position as a “must win” state among presidential hopefuls is the legacy it has behind it.
Since 1976 the Florida election has chosen the future President every year except 1992. In this time span, six of Florida’s presidential selections were Republicans and four were Democrats.
So when you cast your vote, be it in the Florida primary or the general election, know that not only does your vote count, but it plays a large role in the future of our nation. Your vote could be the difference between your candidate giving a concession speech and a victory speech.