Florida Likely to Hold January Primary: Report

Move throws Republican calendar into disarray
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2011 11:10 AM CDT
People cast their votes at a polling station set up at the Miami-Dade Government Center on October 18, 2010 in Miami, Florida.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Florida officials have all but decided to hold their presidential primary at the end of January, essentially shredding the carefully orchestrated Republican nominating calendar, Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon tells CNN. "We are expecting to meet on Friday, and I expect that they will pick January 31 as Florida's primary date,” Cannon says.

The move would cost Florida half its delegates to the Republican National Convention, thanks to RNC rules, and would likely cause the early voting states—Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada—to move their dates even earlier. The RNC is pushing Florida to settle for Feb. 21, which would at least put it after those four states, but Florida is worried another state—say Colorado or Georgia—might jump in before Feb 21.

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