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Florida Moves Primary to Jan. 29

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Florida's governor signed a bill moving that state's primary up to January 29, the same day as South Carolina's Democratic primary (and ahead of South Carolina's Republican primary). That puts Florida ahead of the "Super-Duper Tuesday" primary likely to happen on Feb. 5 and behind only Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. The move comes despite threats from both parties to strip the state of delegates if it schedules the primary ahead of Feb. 5.

Merle Black, a politics professor at Emory University, told the Associated Press: "This is going to require the serious candidates to spend very, very large amounts of money and time in Florida. If you can't compete in Florida, that's going to be a sign that you're not a serious contender."
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