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Pressure mounts on Senate to back primary change

Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer has made it known to Senate and House leaders as well as Gov. Charlie Crist that he backs a House proposal to move up Florida's presidential primary date. The House last week passed the bill that moves Florida's presidential primary to Feb. 5, or a week after the New Hampshire primary, whichever comes early.

Greer said he decided that the earlier date was worth the possible loss of Florida's delegates to the Republican convention. Under current party rules the state will forfeit delegates to the 2008 national convention if it goes ahead with the earlier primary date.

"I think it will allow the eyes of the nation to be on Florida and the outstanding leadership of Charlie Crist,'' said Greer, who won his job as RPOF chairman thanks to Crist.