Oct 1, 2011
A panel of Florida legislators bucked national Republican Party rules Friday and approved a motion to hold the state’s presidential primary on Jan. 31 of next year.
The move, crafted to ensure that Florida goes fifth in the nominating process, is certain to scramble the presidential primary calendar and push the first contest of the GOP nomination fight into the early days of January.
Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina – the only four states allowed to vote before March 6 under Republican National Committee rules – have collectively vowed to move the dates of their caucuses and primaries ahead of Florida to protect their early voting status.
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