The national media have been calling the results of Florida's Democratic primary a beauty contest. Try telling that to the crowd of more than 200 gathered at the Signature Grand in Davie, waiting for Hillary Clinton to speak later tonight.
The group started pouring into the hotel's ballroom just as CNN started to broadcast initial results that showed the former First Lady with a sizeable lead over Sen. Barack Obama. And has been erupting into periodic chants of "Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry!" ever since.
"That's great!" said shouted state Sen. Nan Rich, as she turned to look at the results on the big screen behind her.
Rich, D-Weston, has spent the past few weeks campaigning hard for Clinton, along with several other state, national and local politicians, who are helping build support for the New York senator while she and the other Democratic candidates fulfill their promise not campaign in the state.
Rich spent the day at the polls in her district talking to voters about Clinton, and ended the day with her daughter and two of her grandchildren, where the family waited for Hillary to arrive in Davie. And for her grandaugther Hannah, it will be her first chance to meet Hillary, although she did get to meet Bill Clinton earlier in the campaign.
"She wanted to make sure that wasn't going to count as her turn [to go to a campaign event], because she didn't get to meet Hillary," Rich explained.
--BREANNE GILPATRICK AND MALKA ABRAMOFF