Republican leaders are still eager to host Florida's presidential primary election earlier than most states, but they're hoping to avoid a repeat of 2008's fiasco. Leaders plan to set the primary in early March, just days before the traditional Super Tuesday -- even if that means holding the election on a Thursday or Saturday and possibly risking the loss of half of the state delegates at the nominating convention.
"If we do it on that Thursday [March 1] or that Saturday [March 3], that would show respect for the RNC rules and those first four historic or semihistoric early states and also... allow us to go before other states because Florida is that important,'' Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos toldthe St. Pete Times
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National leaders aren't onboard with that plan yet.
The Republican Party rules are clear. With the exception of the four carve-out states, any state that holds a binding primary, caucus, or convention prior to March 6, 2012, will be in violation, said RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.
If Florida went ahead with the plan, it could potentially again lose half its delegates, which is especially strange this year because the GOP convention will be held in Tampa.