1. 2012

    Florida Sets Early Presidential Primary

    SIMI VALLEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Candidates (L to R) Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Herman Cain and Jon Huntsman, Jr. take the stage before the start of the Ronald Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on September 7, 2011 in Simi Valley, California. The debate is sponsored by POLITICO and NBC News.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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    A special committee in Florida announced Friday that the state will hold its presidential primary on Jan. 31, despite national GOP leaders’ efforts to delay the nominating process. The decision has already prompted officials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina—the only states allowed to set a date before March 6—to say they’ll change their primary dates to stay ahead of Florida. One reason Florida chose the early date was to stay ahead of Missouri’s Feb. 7 primary, but Missouri Republicans announced on Thursday that they would be holding March caucuses rather than a primary. Herman Cain won the Presidency 5 Florida straw poll last Saturday, with Perry and Romney tailing close behind.

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