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      SC urges GOP to pull Fla. convention over primary

      South Carolina's Republican chief wants the national party to pull its 2012 convention from Florida if that state cuts the presidential primary voting line. / FILE

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH, AP) -- South Carolina's Republican chief wants the national party to pull its 2012 convention from Florida if that state cuts the presidential primary voting line.

      South Carolina GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd said Thursday she has sent RNC members a letter calling for Tampa to lose the 2012 convention if Florida breaks the party's order for states to choose a nominee.

      Traditionally, Iowa goes first, followed by New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Other states risk losing delegates to the national convention if they jump in front.

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      But a 2007 Florida law sets its primary for the last Tuesday in January, or Jan. 31, 2012. That would displace South Carolina's status as the first-in-the-South primary state.

      South Carolina officials brag that no GOP nominee has been minted without first winning the contest in their state.

      How do you think this will impact South Carolina's position in the primary?

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report).

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