As expected, Florida has moved its primary to January 31, 2012, ahead of South Carolina. The state GOP has vowed to respond by rescheduling its first-in-the-South primary date, but the party says it won’t announce the date today.
The SC GOP is asking that Florida lose all of its delegates to the national convention, which ironically, will be held in Tampa in 2012.
Chairman Chad Connelly issued this statement: “Today’s decision by Florida is hugely disappointing and could have been avoided. Rogue states have once again dictated the Presidential nominating calendar. I call on my fellow RNC members and all Republicans to strongly condemn Florida’s decision to hold their primary on January 31.”
The four established early states, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, have agreed to respond together to Florida’s action—by moving their primary elections into January. This also violates party rules.
Connelly says he has asked for the Republican National Committee to clarify which rules are more flexible than others.