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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

National GOP reconsidering punishing Florida for early primary


While states like Connecticut agreed to push back their presidential primaries at the request of the two major parties – and paid for it with abysmal turnout – Florida went its own way and held a January vote.

National GOP officials initially punished the Sunshine State by taking away half of Florida’s delegates to the convention. That was the punishment Connecticut officials cited as a major reason for moving the state’s primary from early February to last week.

Now the Tampa Bay Times reports in a story published Sunday that penalty may be reversed.

If that’s the case, it appears from a story today at Politico.com that Florida is getting off easy, leaving those states that played by the rules to wonder why they bothered.

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