SUNSHINE STATE NEWS: Florida GOP Heads to Final Stretch of Delegate Selection
By Allison Nielsen, Sunshine State News // April 23, 2016
(SunshineStateNews) – Donald Trump may have won the Florida primary, but the work isn’t over for presidential hopefuls in the Sunshine State. Florida Republicans are only a few weeks away from selecting the 99 delegates who will represent them at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, but the delegates this year have hardly been set in stone.
The majority of the delegates — 81 of them — are selected at the party’s congressional district caucus meetings, which wrap up at the beginning of May. Florida has 27 different congressional districts, each of which get three delegates and three alternates chosen by each county chair, state committeeman and state committeewoman.
Potential delegates have been gathering for nearly two months to put their names in the pool to be one of Florida’s delegates. Hundreds showed up in Miami to be considered for the position.
That means the process for delegate selection is largely determined by the Republican party’s leaders.