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Crist defends early primary; delegates are 'fine'

Florida's lost delegates are no problem because "what really matters is the people on Jan. 20,'' Gov. Charlie Crist said in answer to a question from CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"Our great legislature made the right decision,'' noting the the early date brought CNN and its massive entourage and satellite trucks to his hometown. Then, he urged Blitzer to consult with his mother, who lives in Hallandale Beach, about the mood of Floridians. "But I think it's important to monitor this. Things change very quicly in the Sunshine State. We are a swing state -- that makes us very important and we're a mega state. And now we have an opportunity to weigh in very early in this process.''