This cycle, like last, Republicans hold the governorship and legislature so they set the primary date. It was the GOP that drove Florida's efforts to go early last cycle, in what proved to be the end of the ball game: Rudy Giuliani bet all his chips on this hand but McCain won and (after skipping that Ames straw poll, Mr. Branstad!) somehow was the last candidate left standing.
On the Democratic side, who can forget Hillary Clinton's jet touching down for the "victory" speech the moment the polls closed and the campaigning ban ended, or Obama's press team releasing their take on the results ("Obama zero delegates, Clinton zero delegates"). Of course the party wimped out in the end and seated the entire delegation with no penalty except a longer cab ride to the hotel.
Less noticed: Florida night was when The Baby Daddy Who Must Not Be Named finally hung it up. It was a week before Super Tuesday, and if you check those California returns you'll se a 10 percent or so (if I remember right) of the early vote going to Edwards. Bet those folks wish they could walk to another corner of the room like us Iowans.