September 1, 2004


Martinez Wins GOP Senate Primary in Fla. (The Associated Press, Aug. 31, 2004)

Mel Martinez, the former Bush administration housing secretary hoping to become the first Cuban-American senator, won the Republican nomination for Senate Tuesday in a primary that saw a mostly trouble-free test of the touchscreen machines introduced after Florida's punch-card fiasco in 2000.

In November, he will face Florida's former Education Commissioner Betty Castor, a Democrat who swept to an overwhelming victory Tuesday as her party's nominee.

Presumably this one goes fromtoss-up to leans Republican on the Jim Miller chart.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2004 12:00 AM

Between this and Kerry's "I voted for Helms-Burton before I voted against it" gaffe of this past weekend, the senator's chances of rolling up the numbers needed in South Florida to overcome the northern part of the state are looking a little shaky right now.

Posted by: John at September 1, 2004 2:45 AM

Still a toss-up. Castor doesn't know what she's doing worth spit, but Martinez was neck and neck with McCollum until the end, and McCollum ain't Reagan (or Clinton, or Nixon, or...).

Posted by: Chris at September 1, 2004 7:04 AM

But had just run statewide.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 7:29 AM

Miller already had this one leaning Republican. Castor won far more votes than Martinez, but clearly he's the candidate the establishment wanted. McCollum ran as the more conservative, attacked Martinez's trial lawyer past, and Martinez got some static for his negative ads. All in all, not the most impressive victory but clearly the best available candidate.

Posted by: AC at September 1, 2004 7:51 AM

Can't wait to see how the Florida voting technology works out in November when the Democrats turn out their masses. And, if it's a close race there will be hell to pay. Jeb will need a platoon of lawyers and technicians to handle that one.

Posted by: genecis at September 1, 2004 10:05 AM

Won't be close enough to matter.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 10:09 AM

I don't know anything about this, but I'm pretty sure he's the only candidate in American history who had a newspaper endorsement withdrawn.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 1, 2004 2:27 PM

I'll bet a thousand dollars that's wrong.

Posted by: oj at September 1, 2004 2:40 PM

Name one.

I'll divide it into two classes.

Endorsement withdrawn because the candidate was caught doing something wrong. Even then, I cannot ever recall a formal withdrawal of endorsement, only embarrassed silence.

Endorsement withdrawn because the candidate was a jerk? Never happened before.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 1, 2004 10:29 PM


I'll just use the most recent: The Oakland Tribune withdrew its endorsement of Arnold Schwarzenegger when it found out he was a jerk to women.

Posted by: oj at September 2, 2004 12:07 AM

You for me, then

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 2, 2004 1:35 PM

You can pay the thousand through Amazon.

Posted by: oj at September 2, 2004 1:40 PM