Despite being punished by the national parties for moving their balloting to January, Florida's winner-take-all primary promises to be the biggest prize for Republican candidates among the early voting states -- with 57 delegates up for grabs.

Officials from the Republican Party announced Thursday that the states of New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan and Wyoming will lose half of their delegates at the Republican National Convention next year for scheduling early primaries.

The Democratic National Committee moved over the weekend to penalize Florida for moving up its primary date to Jan. 29 -- a violation of DNC rules that prohibit states from holding nominating polls before Feb. 5.

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