Florida Democrats Want to Push Back the Presidential Primary

When it comes to presidential politics, there's no bigger battleground state than Florida.

The state's 29 electoral votes have the power to make or break a run for the White House, but Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith wants to change the January primary. He's asking his republican counterparts to think about pushing the date back to March.

Under National Party Rules, both republicans and democrats in Florida are penalized over the early primary.

Back in 2008, even though Hillary Clinton won Florida, the results didn't count at the party convention.

State republicans almost lost half of their convention voting power before the national party reconsidered.

Currently, Florida's presidential primary comes just a week before Super Tuesday, so the winner is often seen as having an advantage going into the following week's contests. Republican leaders, however, have given no indication that date will be anything but January 31, 2012.


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