According to multiple reports, the Florida Democratic Party will give voters one candidate for the state’s 2024 primary.
Although three other Democrats announced presidential candidacies, Florida Democrats will see Joe Biden as the lone candidate for the party’s nomination.
“As of Friday, three Democratic presidential candidates are stuck and unable to get on the March primary ballot in Florida,” Florida Phoenix reports.
“At issue is that the Florida Democratic Party has submitted only President Joe Biden’s name on the March 2024 presidential primary ballot,” the outlet added.
The Florida Democratic Party’s corruption mirrors former communist regimes.
The Florida Democrat Party isn't allowing ANY Democrats, except Joe Biden, to be on the Florida 2024 Presidential ballot! I KID YOU NOT!
— Dixie T 🇺🇸 🍊🍊🍊 (@DixT3) December 2, 2023
“The Florida Democrats have canceled their primary. As things stand now, they think they are going to award those delegates to Joe Biden. That’s not going to happen. He didn’t win that election because it didn’t happen. We all have just as much claim to those delegates as he does,” “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur said.
The Florida Democrats have canceled their primary. As things stand now, they think they are going to award those delegates to Joe Biden. That's not going to happen. He didn't win that election because it didn't happen. We all have just as much claim to those delegates as he does.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) December 1, 2023
“Apparently, the only people who think Joe Biden is a weaker candidate than I do is Florida Democratic leaders. They are trying to protect him from his own voters. It looks like they’re worried that if they hold an election, Biden would be rejected by Democratic voters in Florida,” he added.
Apparently, the only people who think Joe Biden is a weaker candidate than I do is Florida Democratic leaders. They are trying to protect him from his own voters. It looks like they're worried that if they hold an election, Biden would be rejected by Democratic voters in Florida.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) December 1, 2023
Florida Phoenix reports:
Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips, author and former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson and “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur said Friday that they’re still pushing to get their own names on the primary ballot in Florida.
Williamson and Uygur together sent a letter to the Florida Democratic Party on Friday, asking for their names to be submitted to the Florida Secretary of State’s office, according to comments they made during a Zoom press conference.
Uygur says that if the state party doesn’t submit their names to get on the ballot, they will make an “implementation challenge” to both the FDP and the Democratic National Committee and “try to actually get them to follow their own rules and by-laws.”
“Because we are correct,” he said at the Zoom conference call. “The FDP is incorrect in how they are applying these rules. That implementation challenge has succeeded before. It will likely succeed in this case if we have to go to it and it’s just flat out embarrassing for the FDP leadership that they have to be forced to follow their own rules.”
The Phillips campaign said on Thursday and Williamson and Uygur said on Friday that they will go to court if it comes to that.
“We’re not trying to create a conflict here,” Uygur said. “We’re just trying to do the bare minimum of getting on the ballot. And we’ve all earned it, and there’s no need for this conflict.”
Phillips did not participate in the remote press conference on Friday, but an official for his campaign told the Phoenix that “we are not part of their letter, but we strongly support it and are sending a letter as well.”
Uygur said that the three candidates were contacted by Florida Democratic Party officials on Wednesday — one day before the deadline for the party to send the names of the candidates who would appear on the ballot — and were informed that the party’s State Executive Committee had met at the state convention on Oct. 29 and submitted the approved candidate list to the Secretary of State on Nov. 1.
According to Eden Giagnorio, communications director for the party, the three candidates did not receive any votes from the State’s Executive Committee in October and that’s why they are not on the primary ballot.
“There will be no primary,” she declared.
🚨New: Florida Democrats are plan to cancel their presidential primary by only submitting Joe Biden’s name as a candidate for the nomination. pic.twitter.com/u8S1wU5Zgo
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) December 2, 2023
Rep. Dean Phillips accused Florida Democratic Party officials of rigging the primary.
“The intentional disenfranchisement of voters runs counter to everything for which our Democratic Party and country stand. Our mission as Democrats is to defeat authoritarians, not become them,” Phillips said, according to POLITICO.
The Phillips campaign’s complaint is rooted in the process by which candidates can get on the ballot in Florida. Under state law, it is left up to the parties to decide who makes the primary ballot. The deadline for parties to submit a list of approved candidates to state election officials is Thursday.
But Florida Democrats acted before then, sending a notice on Nov. 1 to the state that had Biden as the only primary candidate. Phillips had entered the race a few days earlier, and self-help guru Marianne Williamson had been campaigning for months by then. Under state law, if a party only signs off on one candidate for the primary ballot, the contest is not held.
Florida’s primary is held March 19, which puts it in line behind Super Tuesday and several other large states such as California and Texas. It is expected to allocate 250 delegates.
In his statement, Phillips called the handling of the process by the Florida Democrats a “blatant act of electoral corruption” and demanded Biden “condemn and immediately address” it.Advertisement
The Biden campaign did not provide a comment for this story.
Nikki Fried, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party, contended the party followed its “standard process” that was outlined on its website.