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Cannon: Jan. 31 primary likely



House Speaker Dean Cannon tells Buzz that Florida's Republican presidential primary will likely be Jan. 31. He's conferred with the governor's office and senate president's office, and that date will likely be set Friday.

"We believe that meets of goals of ensuring that Florida comes fifth and that we have our own, separate date," Cannon said.

That should ensure the nominating calendar closely mirrors last cycles, when the nominating contests kick off in Iowa shortly after the new year.

-- Adam C. Smith.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 9:12am]


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