TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is a step closer toward shaking up the presidential primary.
The Legislature gave final approval today to move the state's 2008 primary to January 29 and bypassing a dozen other states set for February 5.
Moving up Florida's primary, which is currently in early March, would put the state's contest behind only the Iowa and Nevada Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, and on the same day as South Carolina's Democratic primary.
State party leaders have argued Florida's diversity and size merit more influence in deciding the nation's leadership. The delegate-rich state decided the disputed 2000 presidential election.
Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who has consistently voiced his support for giving the nation's fourth-largest state more say, is expected to sign the bill.