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Is Winning Florida a True Boost for Clinton?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) cruised to a win tonight in Florida's presidential primary -- a contest that had been heavily neutered by the fact that no delegates were at stake and none of the candidates actively campaigned in the state.

Barack Obama's campaign put out an e-mail the moment the polls closed in Florida, poking fun at the "beauty contest" nature of the primary. "Obama and Clinton tie for delegates in Florida," read the missive. "0 for Obama, 0 for Clinton."

For any readers who aren't tracking the election that closely, The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of all its delegates to the 2008 national party convention as punishment for scheduling an early presidential primary in violation of party rules.

Of course, the networks have declared Clinton the winner, and she is scheduled to make a stop in the state shortly to thank her supporters.

So, does her win mean anything? Will it give her a boost -- even a slight one -- heading into Feb. 5?

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By Chris Cillizza  |  January 29, 2008; 8:33 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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