Although it gets a bit annoying to hear those in the Florida political world boast about how important the Sunshine State is in deciding who the next president will be, it's a fact of life that the state's 29 electoral votes are by far the biggest prize available that as this juncture appears up for grabs in November of 2012.
Florida's Presidential Primary next winter also figures to be an important event in deciding who the GOP will ultimately nominate to run against Barack Obama. But when that day will be is a total unknown at this point.
In USA Today, a cover story written by Susan Page ("Florida could be the real GOP prize") posits that "In a campaign with no commanding front-runner, Florida looms as a megastate showdown between the party's traditional conservatives and its new breed of populist activists."
But again we ask: when will that showdown take place?