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Florida sets primary for Jan. 31, in violation of GOP rules

Florida officially announced Friday that its Republican presidential primary election would be held January 31, in violation of the Republican National Committee’s guidelines. The RNC said it would punish any states (aside from the four traditional early primary states) that held a primary before March 4. The special committee’s decision,…

SC GOP chair blasts ‘rogue state’ Florida for trying to move primary

South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly promised Thursday to do whatever was necessary to make sure his state continued to have the first primary in the South. In a vote Friday, a Florida state commission is expected to move their primary to January 31, 2011, which would be earlier than…