How important is Florida in deciding the GOP’s next presidential candidate? Just look at how the calendar is shaping up for this fall.

Politico is reporting that the American Conservative Union is planning its first-ever regional Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando this September, the same weekend the state Republican Party is holding its Presidency 5 gathering:

It remains to be seen how many of the Republican presidential candidates will sign up for Presidency 5: Mitt Romney has already opted out of the straw poll there, while Jon Huntsman has committed to participating. The CPAC FL event could benefit from having several White House hopefuls already in the state.

Also helping put the conference on the map is the involvement of Al Cardenas, the former Florida GOP chairman who now heads the ACU. In a statement, he described the Orlando conference as an opportunity to “battle President Obama and the most liberal Administration in the history of our country.”

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