Florida Lawmakers Approve January 29th Primary Date

Tallahassee, FL (AP) -- Florida is taking a step toward the front of the line.

State lawmakers Thursday gave their final approval to moving the state's 2008 primary up to January 29th. It's currently held in early March.

This would put Florida's contest behind only the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. It would be on the same day as South Carolina's Democratic Primary. And Florida would jump ahead of a dozen other states that have set their own contests for February fifth.

Florida's Republican Governor has voiced support for giving more of a say to the nation's fourth-largest state. He's expected to sign the bill.

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