Later Presidential Primary Speeds To Approval

Seeking to make Florida more “meaningful” in choosing a Republican presidential nominee, the Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to moving back the date of the state’s presidential primary elections.Senators, with little debate, unanimously backed …

Seeking to make Florida more “meaningful” in choosing a Republican presidential nominee, the Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to moving back the date of the state’s presidential primary elections.

Senators, with little debate, unanimously backed a bill (HB 7035) that passed the House last week. It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott.

The bill would lead to the presidential primaries being held on the third Tuesday in March, which would be March 15 in 2016. Under current law, next year’s primaries would be on March 1.