Florida is expected to hold its presidential primary on January 31, likely throwing the carefully arranged Republican nominating calendar into disarray, CNN has learned.
The move would jumpstart the nominating process a month earlier than GOP leaders had hoped and almost certainly force Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada to leapfrog Florida and move their primaries and caucuses into early- to mid-January.
"We are expecting to meet on Friday from 11 to 12, and I expect that they will pick January 31 as Florida's primary date," Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon said about a state commission exploring potential primary dates.
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