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Mike Haridopolos 'At Peace' With Potential Impact of Early Primary

Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos is at peace with the idea that Florida may have to exchange delegates at the national convention for having an early primary.

Id much rather have a say in who the nominee (is) as opposed to just coronating the winner at the convention, said Haridopolos. There really hasnt been a convention that really picked a president in a long, long time.

Haridopolos, who hasnt made an endorsement in the presidential contest, joined a growing list of state politicians taking a stand for Florida to hold its primary earlier than preferred by the Republican National Committee.

The RNC 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.

Meanwhile, Florida leaders continue to express a desire to schedule its primary before Feb. 28, putting itself on the calendar before Arizona, but after Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Haridopolos joins Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon in given support for the early primary. A special committee -- appointed by Haridopolos, Scott and Cannon -- will have its first meeting on the primary date selection on Friday.

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

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