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Florida delegates miss the election

Today's primary election, that is.

Many of the Florida delegates were heavily involved in local races but skipped town to attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Typically, the conventions are held earlier in the summer and don't conflict with the fall primary.

"It's been the topic of conversation because it's such a unique situation,'' said longtime Democratic activist Jack Shifrel, a political consultant for Bruce Udolf's campaign for Broward sheriff and Bernie Bober's campaign for Broward circuit court judge.

Instead of working the polls and watching the returns like he usually does on Election Day, Shifrel will be attending caucus meetings and watching Hillary Clinton give her prime-time speech. He's a Clinton delegate.

"The candidates knew up front, but I probably feel worse about it than they do,'' said Shifrel, who's been active in local politics since 1976. "This may be the first Election Day I've missed.''