mike_haridopolos_web.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Democrats want to move Florida's presidential primary back to a later date to comply with the rules of both major parties.

Their legislation filed this week, though, drew opposition Thursday from Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos, a Merritt Island Republican.

Florida jumped its primary from March to January in 2008 to give the state more influence in selecting nominees.

Both national parties then threatened to strip Florida of delegates.

Haridopolos said that's a risk worth taking.

He said Florida is the most important state in deciding presidential elections so it should be among the first to hold its primary.