Florida moves up primary, against national GOP's wishes
September 30th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

Florida moves up primary, against national GOP's wishes

A panel of Florida legislators bucked national Republican Party rules Friday and approved a motion to hold the state's presidential primary on January 31.

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.

If those first four states move to the front of line as expected, the campaign for the GOP nomination will officially begin a full month earlier than expected, leaving candidates and potential candidates like Sarah Palin and Chris Christie even less time to make their cases to voters.

Already, in response to Florida's move, New Hampshire has moved up the date by which presidential candidates must file an intent to compete. That deadline is now October 28, meaning potential candidates such as Christie and Palin have less than a month to decide whether to compete in the Granite State primary.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Daria Olsen

    How do we know who were really voting for? How do we know how votes are counted? How do we know who anyone really is? How do we know anything


    September 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    A lot of people are laughing at you miss olsen not me though ,And for the most part I vote republican but what you stated could go both ways

    September 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hey, gung hoe, whassup?
    I saw on another thread that th RNC will penalize Florida; can you tell me how they would do that?
    Appreciate it, dude!

    September 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Hey, if chris christie gets elected, do the taxpayers have to pay for his 'second seat' on air force 1?

    Lol.. Dave

    October 2, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |