It happens every four years in the United States. Primary elections or caucuses are the state-by-state voting campaigns within a political party that determine who will end up on that party's final Presidential ticket. This week, all eyes are on the southern state of Florida and the battle among Republicans for their presidential contender. The latest polls suggest former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is surging against one-time Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, in Florida with former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and current U.S. Representative Ron Paul also vying for votes.
Many analysts view Florida, the fourth state primary in this election cycle, as key to determining which Republican will run against President Obama next November. Republican committees in Ohio, New Hampshire and Florida have been scrambling for weeks to raise funds, promote the party's platform and bring in new voters. To do so, they depend on staff and volunteers to make phone calls, write speeches or hand out flyers. Some of them are volunteers such as American Muslim Mohamed Alo.
Alo says he has been politically active in his home state of Ohio for as long as he can remember, writing speeches for local Republican candidates or helping design their political campaigns.