Florida Primary 2016: Date, Voting Hours & Key Information

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Marco Rubio and Donald Trump are fighting for Florida. (Getty)

Florida is one of several states to host primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties on March 15. Given its large number of delegates, Florida is seen as an important state to the candidates. This was emphasized on Super Tuesday as Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio all hosted press conferences from Florida.

Here’s what you need to know about each party’s Florida primary:


Florida Democratic Primary 2016

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Hillary Clinton is favored in the early Florida polls. (Getty)

DATE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

POLLING HOURS: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

TYPE OF PRIMARY: Florida is a closed primary. Voters must be a registered Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary.

DELEGATES AT STAKE: 246 delegates (proportional method)

KEY ENDORSEMENTS: The Tampa Bay Times has endorsed Clinton. She also received endorsements from a number of Florida representatives including Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor and Patrick Murphy. Sanders received an endorsement from Rep. Alan Grayson.

LATEST POLLS: According to RealClear Politics, Clinton is favored by an average of 24.2 percentage points in early Florida polls.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: Voters can check their voting status and polling location by visiting this site. Florida residents had to be registered by February 16 to vote in the primary. A photo ID is required, and voters can find a list of acceptable forms of ID here. Without an ID, voters can fill out a provisional ballot. Here’s an FAQ page on voting in Florida.

NEXT UP AFTER FLORIDA: The party heads west with three voting events on March 22. The Democratic party will host the Arizona primary, Utah primary and Idaho caucus.


Florida Republican Primary 2016

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Donald Trump is doing well in Florida’s early polls. (Getty)

DATE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

POLLING HOURS: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich

TYPE OF PRIMARY: Florida is a closed primary meaning voters must be a registered Republican to participate in the GOP primary. The candidate who wins the state will get all the delegates (winner-take-all method).

DELEGATES AT STAKE: 99 delegates

KEY ENDORSEMENTS: Rubio has a number of endorsements from Florida representatives including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Carlos Curbelo and Tom Rooney. Gov. Rick Scott was expected to endorse Trump but later announced he would not be endorsing any of the primary candidates.

LATEST POLLS: According to RealClear Politics, Trump is leading Rubio by an average of 18.7 percentage points in early polling.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: Voters can check their voting status and polling location by visiting this site. Florida residents had to be registered by February 16 to vote in the primary. A photo ID is required, and voters can find a list of acceptable forms of ID here. Without an ID, voters can fill out a provisional ballot. Here’s an FAQ page on voting in Florida.

NEXT UP AFTER FLORIDA: The Arizona and Utah primaries are the next states up for the GOP candidates after the March 15 primaries. Both Arizona and Utah will host their primaries on March 22.