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A First Five Primary OK with Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott said Florida shouldnt have to face a party penalty for keeping itself early in the primary process.

The state may look to schedule its vote before Feb. 28, putting itself on the calendar before Arizona, but after Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

If you add up all the delegates and the number of people who live in the four states before us, were still larger, Scott said Monday. Were a diverse state; you have to win the state to win the presidency. We should be early and we shouldnt lose our delegates.

The Republican National Committee has threatened to slash in half the number of delegates Florida could send to the 2012 Republican National Convention that will be held in Tampa if Floridas primary is held prior to March 6.

State House Speaker Dean Cannon had earlier given his support to remaining in the first five.

The special commission appointed by Scott, Cannon and Senate President Mike Haridopolos to select a primary date will hold its first meeting Friday.

The committee is expected to set a date by Oct. 1.

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