Republican activists gloated this weekend over their candidate-packed convention in Orlando at a time when the main Democratic contenders for president are boycotting the state.
But on Monday, Florida Republicans got a reality check: The early Jan. 29 primary could have repercussions for them, too.
The national Republican Party announced that Florida is among five states that will lose half its delegates to the 2008 nominating convention for jumping the gun. If the state does not push back the presidential primary to Feb. 5, Florida will be worth only half as much to the Republican who wins the most votes.
''This will come as no surprise to any of the states involved,'' Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan said in a telephone call. ``All these states are on notice.'' More here.