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The Lid: Scott Walker Already Ceding Florida Primary?

Image: Walker speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City

Governor Scott Walker, potential Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking RICK WILKING / Reuters

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Scott Walker’s admission Tuesday that he may skip Florida’s March 15 primary (if he runs) is significant for a few reasons. For one, you don’t want to start writing off states to compete in BEFORE you’re an actual candidate. Especially if you’re a candidate who has suggested he’s the frontrunner and that state is the all-important Florida.

Walker’s team clarified to NBC News that he would make the decision “at the appropriate time” if he runs. But it would make total sense for him, in terms of campaign strategy, to skip the large, expensive state where a former governor (Bush) and sitting senator (Rubio) will be duking it out. On top of that, there may end up being other March 15 primaries in the Midwest where Walker could have a strong showing. Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, and even Wisconsin could be holding contests that day. Bottom line: It’s unlikely that Walker is the only (potential) candidate thinking about skipping Florida. But it looks bad for any candidate to think about writing off a swing state primary this early on.

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