Washington (CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus asked Florida legislators Wednesday not to move up the date of their state's 2012 presidential primary, and to comply with the nominating calendar agreed upon by both national parties.
Florida Republicans – who control the governor's mansion and both chambers of the legislature – are considering the move in hopes of wielding greater influence over the GOP nominating process.
A handful of other states are pondering a similar change, which could threaten the recommended February start date of the 2012 Republican primary fight.
"As far as Florida is concerned, I would encourage the legislature to do everything they can to abide by the rules passed by both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee together to make sure we can bring some order into the presidential election process," Priebus said during a visit to Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention.
His comments were reported by the St. Petersburg Times.
After the early and front-loaded 2008 calendar forced candidates to campaign during the holidays, the RNC and the DNC agreed that the first four caucus and primary states – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina – should hold their contests in February.
Under the new rules – ratified by the RNC at its summer meeting in August - states choosing to hold contests before March 1 would be stripped of their delegates to the convention.
"We're doing everything we can at the Republican National Committee to fulfill our promise to try and get presidential primaries on track with some semblance of order," Priebus said, according to the paper. "One of the things that we did is that we've put together a primary schedule for the presidentials which protects four early state primaries in February but then moves all the other states out of the February window to a date on or after March 1."