Florida to Move Primary to January: CNN

    ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Republican presidential candidates (L-R), Gary Johnson, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Jon Huntsman participate in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate features the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    Not only is the 2012 election a horse race, but apparently so is the honor of holding the first poll. Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN on Tuesday that the state is likely to move its primary to Jan. 31, jumpstarting the GOP nomination process a month earlier than expected. If that happens, it could force Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to move their primaries and caucuses even earlier to overtake Florida. Cannon said the state commission will meet on Friday to make a decision, and states are required to submit their dates to the Republican National Committee no later than Saturday.

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