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Florida to Move Primary to January

12:11 PM, Sep 28, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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CNN reports that Florida is likely to move up its Republican presidential primary to January 31:

Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN on Tuesday that a state commission exploring potential primary dates is likely to choose January 31 to hold the nominating contest.

If that happens, it would almost certainly force the traditional early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January.

"We are expecting to meet on Friday from 11 to 12, and I expect that they will pick January 31 as Florida's primary date," said Cannon, who helped select members of the nine-member commission.

Florida risks losing half of its delegates at next year's convention in Tampa by violating the Republican National Committee's rules.

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