Fla. Loses Half its Delegates to Republican National Convention

Tampa is set to host the Republican National Convention this summer, but Florida's delegation has been cut in half.

That's the state's punishment for going ahead with its early primary election on January 31.

Florida GOP officials tried to restore the full power of their delegation at the national party's winter meeting Friday but failed.

And the 50 delegates that Florida does get to send won't be staying in a choice hotel, but some lawmakers think the eventual republican nominee will go easy on Florida.

"They reconcile, they get along, we learn from our mistakes and work it out, and I think sometimes parents, even though they might be saying they're going to punish the kids, sometimes the punishment is not as severe as they initially said it was going to be," said Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs.

That's what happened back in 2008 when Florida again moved its primary.

State party officials say they play to try to convince the national committee to reinstate their full delegation again in May.

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