WASHINGTON (AP) - A primary, in January? That's what some states are trying to do again to increase their influence.
A Florida commission is expected to announce Friday that its presidential primary will be held Jan. 31. That's what Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon says, though GOP officials from other states are trying to get Florida to reconsider.
The move by Florida could spark a stampede by Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Those states have been granted special status by both political parties to hold the first nominating contests.
South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly says, "The bottom line is, if Florida moves, I'm moving." Connelly says, "we're going to be the first in the South presidential preference primary, no matter what it takes."