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PolitiFact Florida weighs Rep. Will Weatherford's claim about Florida primary clout

Florida lawmakers, seeking to boost the state's presidential primary influence, want to jump ahead in line.

State Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, chatting with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board in a wide-ranging hourlong interview July 5, said lawmakers were working with the Republican National Committee on a deal for an earlier primary that wouldn't draw penalties. But he wanted to make the point that even if the state got penalized, it would still have influence.

He said, "Let’s say they take away half of our delegates. They’re worth more than Iowa’s, New Hampshire’s and almost South Carolina’s combined."

PolitiFact Florida was curious: Did Weatherford's convention math make the grade

[Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 7:20pm]


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