Florida agreed to withstand party penalties and formally shook up the primary calendar Friday, officially setting Florida's presidential primary date for Jan. 31.
The 7-2 vote from the Presidential Preference Primary Committee rejected a Democratic motion to set the date for Super Tuesday, March 6, and accepted a plan to make Florida's primary on the last Tuesday in January. The committee is comprised of six Republicans and three Democrats.
"Florida has more voters than all of those states combined and has an incredible amount of diversity. It is a reflection of the national interest and Florida ought to be an early state,'' said Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine.
Voting against the motion were Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, and Rep. Cynthia Stafford, a Democrat. Story here.