Florida Democrats may skip 2012 presidential primary

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Florida Democrats got singed over the state’s early presidential primary date in 2008, and this time around they’re keeping their hands off the stove.

The party announced Wednesday that if the state’s presidential primary is held before March 6, violating the rules of the national parties, state Democrats won’t participate.

Instead, they’ll pick delegates to their national convention in county caucuses held in June 2012 ?a system similar to other states that use caucuses, not primaries, to have their say on presidential nominations.

“Should the Republicans break the rules, we will not be participating in the primary,” said state Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff. “Democrats from across Florida would be invited to attend county caucuses held in June which will be used to allocate the delegates appropriately.”

The decision won’t likely affect the 2012 Democratic nomination ?President Barack Obama isn’t expected to face any serious challenge from within the party.

What it likely would mean is that on presidential primary day, Florida Republicans would go to the polls in the expected hard-fought GOP primary, but Democrats would have no election.

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