Hispanics Key to Both Fla. Wins

Seniors also tip scales for McCain, Clinton
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2008 8:10 AM CST
A touch screen voting machine sits idle as voters cast their paper ballot votes in the Florida primary, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Hispanic vote clinched the Florida victories of both John McCain and Hillary Clinton, the Miami Herald reports. McCain's POW experience especially resonated with Cuban-Americans, and Hispanic voters' fondness for Bill Clinton boosted Hillary, who won among Hispanics by a 2-1 margin over Obama. The strong presence of retirees also bolstered both McCain and Clinton.

McCain's age, 71, helped him among voters over 65, the Wall Street Journal writes. Clinton also did especially well with older voters, as with women. But with Obama not campaigning at all in zero-delegate Florida, it's unclear whether Clinton's victory amounts to anything more than a "name recognition beauty contest."