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Mark Murray

NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray will speak at Flagler College on Feb. 7 as part of the Forum on Government and Public Policy series.

Feb. 1, 2013

For over a decade, the state of Florida has placed a crucial role in national politics. That role aims to grow even stronger in the future according to NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray, who will speak at Flagler College on Feb. 7 as part of the Forum on Government and Public Policy series.

"Florida has always been one of the most fascinating states to watch in American politics, especially from a national perspective,” said Murray. “And politics in the state will only get more fascinating -- with Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign in 2014, with the state's changing demographics in presidential elections, and with Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush as potential 2016 presidential candidates."

Murray believes that as the state’s demographics change, so to have the outcomes of its political races.

"One of the lessons we learned from the 2012 presidential election is that 'demography is destiny.' And Florida was a state that epitomized this,” explained Murray. “As it turns out, Obama lost white voters by a wider margin than John Kerry did in 2004. But Obama won the state -- unlike Kerry -- thanks to the growing Latino vote and the margin by which he won it."

And is we move on to the next election season, Murray expects Florida to remain a high profile state.

"(Governor Rick) Scott versus (former governor Charlie) Crist, if it comes to fruition, will likely be the most-watched gubernatorial contest in the country," said Murray.

Since joining NBC News in 2003, Mark Murray has reported on, written, and edited stories about political races, trends, and issues -- including the 2003 California recall, the 2004 Bush-Kerry presidential race, the 2006 midterm elections, the 2008 presidential contest, the 2010 midterms, and the 2012 presidential race.

Before his arrival at NBC, he was a reporter for the political magazine National Journal. He also has written articles for the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, and Washingtonian magazine. Mark Murray, a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, lives in Washington, DC with his wife Sasha and son Caleb.

For more than 30 years, the Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy has invited nationally recognized journalists and commentators to St. Augustine to discuss issues of importance in regional, state and federal government.
All forums take place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., at 7 p.m. Forums are free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of speakers who donate their time in support of the series. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters are provided. Call (904) 819-6400 for more information.