The key battleground state of Florida decided Friday to move up its Republican presidential primary to Jan. 31, snubbing party rules and triggering angry responses from traditional early voting primary states which will now likely move up their primaries to stay ahead.
The move thwarts efforts by both major political parties to delay presidential primaries and caucuses. Their aim has been to avoid a repeat of the 2008 scenario, when states jumped ahead of each other in attempts to increase their influence in the process.
Officials in early nominating states Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina say they'll probably change their dates to stay ahead of Florida.
They are the only states allowed to go before March 6 under Republican and Democratic party rules.
In Florida, a special nine-member committee appointed by legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Scott voted 7-2 to set the January date two days after House of Representatives Speaker Dean Cannon announced that's what it was expected to do.
When asked what the fallout of Florida's move will be, CBS News political analyst John Dickerson said, "It messes everything up."
"Florida is now going to be on the 31st of January. That means that New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada will all move up THEIR process, so now the whole thing starts earlier.
"That means for Chris Christie or Sarah Palin who might jump in the race, they have to get started even faster. It means they have such a short time period before those first contests," Dickerson said on "The Early Show on Saturday Morning."
"It also means those four early states will lose half of their delegates, which means that the process may elongate, because that means if you win in those early states, it doesn't mean as much as it used to. You have to KEEP competing."
"That puts a premium on money and organization - which should help Mitt Romney, who has both those things."