The Republican primaries and caucuses are coming soon for the many candidates competing for president -- and thanks to the latest move by Florida, the crunch-time will be coming up sooner than everyone has previously planned on.
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State House Speaker Dean Cannon told CNN earlier this week that in its Friday meeting, the state committee that will officially set the date will likely pick January 31. The committee is made of nine members, appointed three each by the governor, the state House Speaker (that is, Dean Cannon), and the state Senate President.
This date would put the Florida primary a week before the originally intended date for the Iowa caucuses -- guaranteeing that Iowa and other early states will move their contests even further forward, in order to beat Florida.
RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski told TPM: "We're going to continue working with Florida and other states until the deadline on October 1st to ensure they remain within the Party rules. Any state that violates the rules will lose 50 percent of its delegates."
In 2008, maneuvering over primaries -- with Florida as a notable pugilist -- resulted in the Iowa caucus being held on January 3, just narrowly missing the prospect of a super-early contest 2007. The New Hampshire primary was then held five days later on January 8. This year, the national Republicans worked to avoid a repeat of those early contests, with the official four early states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina -- supposed to hold their contests in February.
And all of that work could now be undone.