Republican party to punish MI

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican Party says it will punish Michigan and four other states for scheduling early nominating contests.

Republican National Committee chair Mike Duncan says Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina and Wyoming will lose half of their delegates to the national convention.

Committee rules require the punishment for states that hold nominating contests earlier than February 5th. The Michigan presidential primary is January 15.

Iowa and Nevada are planning Republican caucuses in January but would not be penalized because, technically, the caucuses are not binding on convention delegates.

Michigan GOP Chair Saul Anuzis says he remains confident that all of the state's 60 national delegates will be seated next year for the national convention.

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