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Florida GOP signs off on winner-take-all presidential primary


The Republican Party of Florida formally agreed Saturday to make the March 15, 2016, presidential primary a winner-take-all contest.

At a quarterly party meeting in Orlando, members signed off as expected on awarding the state's coveted 99 delegates to the primary victor -- a move that could benefit former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio if one of them wins.

"With Florida's immense size and diverse population, any campaign that can mount a successful state-wide effort in Florida will be well positioned to run a truly national campaign come 2016," RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "Florida will now be the first winner-take-all primary in the country, this ensures that all presidential campaigns will have to spend a considerable amount of time in Florida speaking to Republicans from Pensacola to Key West and everywhere in-between."