Florida House Sets March 15, 2016, Presidential Primary Date

Florida House of Representatives
Posted at 9:54 PM, Mar 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-11 17:56:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's presidential primary next year would be held March 15 under a bill passed by the House.

The measure passed unanimously Wednesday. It means Florida will comply with national party rules — which it broke the past two presidential elections when lawmakers decided Florida should have an early primary.

It would also mean the Republican that carries Florida would win all the state's delegates instead of delegates being awarded proportionally.

And that could give a big boost to former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio should they decide to seek the Republican nomination.

The Senate is also considering the March 15 date in legislation still moving through committees.

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