moved up the date of the presidential preference primary from the second Tuesday in March to the last Tuesday in January. This primary date, however, violated rules of the national Democratic Party, which subsequently stripped Florida of half of its 210 delegates during the 2008 presidential primary season. Last week, Democrats in the Florida House and Senate filed legislation to move the primary date back to the first Tuesday in March. State leaders remain divided over the later primary date — Senate President Mike Haridopolos has endorsed the earlier date, while Governor Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon have not staked out a definitive position on the proposal.