Photos: On the ground with voters in Florida on Super Tuesday

  • Rev. Bob Kemp-Baird, pastor at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church: “Let the people’s voices be heard and their wishes be known. I want our country to come through this feeling stronger and more united. That’s my prayer.”
  • John Nardini with his cat Rango at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church: “I really don’t care about the issues.”
  • Chuck and Reva Bradsher at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church on who they want in the White House: “A God-fearing president and a God-obeying president.”
  • Congregants at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church pray.
  • Congregants sing during services at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church.
  • Rev. Bob Kemp-Baird, pastor at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church, greets congregants as they leave services.
  • James Miche from Miami, “I’d like to see all the high paid politicians pushed out and give the power to people and not to the rich.”
  • Signs hang on a chain link fence in Little Havana, Miami.
  • Rabbi Moshe Indig in Miami Beach: “Safety is the number one thing. If you’re not safe you have nothing.”
  • Cleefson Guerrier in Miami Beach: “The economy is most important. Five years ago it was bad, now it’s better so I’m hoping it will continue.”
  • Shay Mayfield on Miami Beach: “We need to end the war so taxes can be lowered.”
  • Palm Beach, where over half the population (52.7%) are 65 years of age or older. The per capita income for the town is $109,219 and the racial makeup is 96% white. Donald Trump owns mansion here.
  • Jevante Gross on Miami Beach: “It’s the job of the politician to make life better for citizens and to serve the people. They are there for us not us for them.”
  • Evan Lambert on Miami Beach: “Personal sovereignty. We are born with the golden rule that means we all have the same rights to freedom.”
  • Barber Evelio Escobar in the Escobar Barber Shop in Little Havana, Miami: “The economy is the number one thing. The business has been off for seven years, we need to fix the economy.”
  • Maria Betty Cruz Vargas in Little Havana, Miami: “We need someone to lift up the Latin people. We need someone to fight for us.”
  • Local cafe in Little Havana, Miami.
  • Eddi Hallmon in Opa-locka, Miami-Dade County: “Education and jobs. We need job security. That’s number one. I don’t want a hand out, I want a job.”
  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio exits his bus for a press conference at Temple Beth El-Conservative in West Palm Beach.
  • Joseph Boruck (known as Chief Joseph the Eagle) in Palm Beach: “We need to protect Social Security. With out it I would be living in the street. I’ve worked all my life and we need to protect Social Security for me and future generations.”
  • Linda Chris Smith in Palm Beach: “I hate poverty. I’ve seen Mayberry turn into poverty. I have such love for people in America and we have to make everyone prosperous. We have to find a route to prosperity like the Constitution says.”
  • A salesman at the Money Tree Pawn Shop on the Dixie Highway in Opa-locka.
  • Along the Dixie Highway heading north towards Kennedy Space Center.
  • Tourists at the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.
  • Traffic in Orlando, the city is nicknamed “The City Beautiful”.
  • A homeless man who declined to give his name: “I’m a convicted felon so I can’t vote. I’m out here because me and my girlfriend are being evicted on Monday. I want to work but theres no work.”
  • The Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park in Orlando where they have recreates the ancient city of Jerusalem in 1st century Judea.
  • A tourist rests in the shade of a giraffe at the Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park made to look like Jerusalem in 1st century Judea.
  • Tourists at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando pose for photographs with Christ the Savior.
  • Sing at the Holy Land Experience, a Christian theme park in Orlando.
  • Jim King, a disabled Marine veteran, “We need people to vote and make a sweeping change, clean out all the politicians. I’m out here for my family to take care of them. I’ve had people yell at me as they drive by and treat me like I’m a bum but I have to take care of my family.”
  • Stephen Jarrell, “I’m a senior and a vet and I live at 150% below poverty. I will never see Middle Class. Help the people who are below middle class.”
  • Sign hanging in the window of Florida Gun Supply in Inverness. Last year the owner of the shop, Andy Hallinan, declared his store a Muslim-free zone.
  • Andy Hallinan owner of Florida Gun Supply shop in Inverness, “The future of America has never been more at risk. I got a 3-year-old boy and I want to make sure the America I leave to him is a better, safer America.”
  • Target practice posters depicting Tashfeen Malik and Syed Rizwan Farook, who shot and killed 14 people and injured 21 others at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Calif. in December 2015 hang in the Florida Gun Supply in Inverness.
  • A contestant takes a selfie at Swamp Fest at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
  • A mermaid performs for tourists at Weeki Wachee Springs.
  • A couple watches the live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs.
  • Biker Don Varrieur: “Jobs. I’d like to see more of my friends working. Getting those jobs back that were lost. Bring the jobs back from overseas.”
  • Joann Hodge: “I don’t even know what to say. I don’t think about the issues.”
  • A shack selling boiled nuts on U.S. Route 40 heading towards Daytona Beach.
  • Biker, Scott Morris: “Why doesn’t our vote count?? No matter how we vote nothing changes.”
  • Shonte Davis: “Keep the new world order at bay. We need to stop trying to rule the world. There are people who hate us and we need to not be that country everyone hates.”
  • Mike Bock, owner of Scoot Inn in Port Orange: “Health care. For a small business-owner, Obamacare has made it affordable. We are the wealthiest country and health care needs to be a priority.”
  • Artist Peter Wolf Toth with his art work and museum near Port Orange: “The safety of our nation. We need to have the balls to stand up for America. People are pussyfooting around the Muslim extremist problem.”
  • A supporter of Donald Trump wearing a “Ban idiots, not guns” button at a rally in Boca Raton.
  • A man being removed from a Donald Trump rally in Boca Raton.
  • Fans of Donald Trump at a rally in Boca Raton.
  • A young girl at a Donald Trump rally in Boca Raton.

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The biggest delegate prize by far on the March 15 Super Tuesday is Florida, where voters in the winner-take-all state will hand the Republican winner a whopping 99 delegates — just shy of one-twelfth needed to secure the nomination. For their part, Democrats dole out 214 delegates, most of them proportionately given to the states’ winner and loser.

Polling shows GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the lead in the state, which presents a major hurdle for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has struggled so far to secure significant numbers of delegates. If Rubio loses his home state on Tuesday, that could signal the beginning of the end for his campaign.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is largely favored to win Florida. If she wins by a large margin, the subsequent delegate allocation could provide a buffer should she lose Ohio or win it by only a small margin. 

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While Florida’s race hits on a primary day chocked full of state contests, the Sunshine State is a key swing state in the general election and a sweeping win here is an important step on the way to the nomination.

As Floridians head to the polls, photographer Mark Peterson gives you a look on the ground at the voters — and the issues that will send them to the polls today — while we await the results.

These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.

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