Florida sets presidential primary for January 31

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Posted: Sep 30, 2011 11:43 AM
Florida sets presidential primary for January 31

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Florida defied national Republican Party leaders Friday and set its presidential primary election for January 31.

The four states authorized by the party to go first in the nominating process -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina -- were expected to respond by moving their nominating contests forward to early January from February.

(Reporting by Michael Peltier, writing by Jane Sutton and Sandra Maler)