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Rubio: turnout is exactly what we expected

House Speaker Marco Rubio said the record primary turnout Tuesday might never have happened if he and others hadn't pushed the idea of moving up Florida's primary from the second week in March to Jan. 29.

"This is exactly what we envisioned,'' he said Tuesday as he was gathering signatures for the property tax petition drive outside a Hialeah precinct. "People are excited and engaged in this political process. We're not sitting back waiting for March. This is good, even for 57 delegates.''

Rubio said that if the legislature hadn't pushed up the date, the presidential candidates "wouldn't have done 10 days of non-stop campaigning.''