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Under new proposal, Florida may have to move presidential primary

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Florida’s presidential primary election in 2012 could be more than two months later than it was in 2008 under new rules being considered by the Republican National Committee.

Under the draft proposal set to be voted on by the RNC in August, Florida and all but four other states would be barred from having presidential primary contests before April 1, without facing harsh new penalties.

“It’s an attempt to have it all a little more organized,” said Paul Senft, a Polk County Republican. In 2008, more than 20 states crammed their elections between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5. Senft said the RNC wants a more orderly process.

Under the RNC’s draft proposal, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada would be the only states allowed to have their nominating contests before March 1. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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