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A Thursday presidential primary in Fla?

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus today once again predicted that Florida Republicans ultimately would comply with RNC rules and hold their presidential primary contest no sooner than March. The Florida primary is currently scheduled for Jan. 31, though the Legislature punted the issue to a study committee to pick a date by Oct. 1.


"I believe that we are going to have Florida out of the window,” Priebus said. “I believe they will be out of February.”

Republican leaders (Democrats have no say) are determined to be the fifth contest (after Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) and not bunched up with a bunch of other states. One idea we've heard lately is March 1 - a Thursday - which might enable Florida to comply with the RNC, avoid penalties, and perhaps also avoid sharing the stage with other states.

We wouldn't bet any money on that though. The study committee appeared aimed mainly at taking the pressure off the RNC and buying some time before causing the nominating calendar to implode. A February primary in Florida still seems like a stong possibility.


[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 2:42pm]


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