Lawmakers Glad Primary Date Moved Up

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican lawmakers hoping to enhance Florida’s role in choosing their presidential nominee say they hit the jackpot by moving up the date for the state’s presidential preference primary.

The state’s Republican voters get their chance next Tuesday to weigh in on the seemingly wide-open battle among the four remaining Republican candidates for their party’s nomination and the right to challenge President Barack Obama.

Senate President Mike Haridopolos says he supports former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the contest that is now down to four hopefuls. But he says he would also be OK with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich from neighboring Georgia.

Haridopolos says the primary process is a good experience for whoever eventually comes through it since the GOP winner will be up against a tough foe in Obama.

Source: Associated Press