Politico – 2012 contenders look to Florida

It’s all coming down to Florida, again.

The fight for the GOP presidential nomination looks increasingly like it could be decided by a state with a rule-breaking, unsanctioned election that has thrown the presidential primary calendar in flux.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour actually went further than that last week, when he announced on a trip to Tallahassee: “I’m going to run to win the Florida primary whether they have any delegates or have as many delegates or twice as many delegates or no delegates.” (See: Haley Barbour pledges 2012 Florida push, calendar fight aside)

The bet that Barbour and his potential opponents are placing is that Florida will provide someone in the race with a major jolt of momentum, and it might as well be them.