Politics

Delegating Denver #12 of 56: Florida

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Florida

Total Number of Delegates: 210* Pledged: 185* Unpledged: 25 *The Democratic National Committee has threatened to reduce these numbers by half if the Florida Democratic Party does not move its caucus date from January 29, 2008, to February 5, 2008, or later.

How to Recognize a Florida Delegate: There are not many Florida natives. Practically all of the state's residents come from somewhere else, mostly from Cuba, Ohio, New York and New Jersey. Oddly enough, everyone quickly becomes the quintessential Floridian. Florida delegates are easy to detect (except for the delegates from Jacksonville, who will inevitably be mistaken for Georgia delegates): Just look for big smiles splashed across cheeks of tan. Generally, Florida delegates look like California delegates with beer bellies, since Floridians spend the bulk of their days riding around on Harleys, in convertibles or on power boats instead of running, playing beach volleyball or Rollerblading. Floridians are unfamiliar with public transportation of any kind, so any delegates seen laughing while riding Denver's light rail or mall shuttle are probably delegates who think they’re on an amusement park ride.

Famous Floridians: Doors frontman Jim Morrison; Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zandt; Sunshine Band keyboardist K.C. Casey; Tom Petty; Pere Ubu singer David Lynn Thomas; Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore; Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough; Limp Bizkit boys Fred Durst and Sam Rivers; Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr.; and SNL cast member Darrell Hammond

Famous Florida Democrats: Janet Reno

Famous Floridians With Denver Connections: Broncos kicker Jason Elam; Broncos safety Nick Ferguson; choreographer Jennifer Fagan Archer; Spanx fanny-hose inventor Sara Blakely; investigative reporter Jonathan Weil; photo surveyor Shawn Steigner

State Nickname: The Sunshine State (official), the Blue Tarp State (unofficial) Population: 18,089,888 Racial Distribution: 62% white, 16% black, 2% Asian, .5% Native American, 19.5% Hispanic Per Capita Personal Income: $30,446 Unemployment: 5.1%

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Sean Cronin