Romney Wins Florida

Surprising no one, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Florida primary, and won it decisively. With just over 50 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney was leading with 47 percent of the vote when the race was called. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had 31 percent of the vote, former Pennsylvania Senate Rick Santorum picked up 13 percent and Rep. Ron Paul pulled in 7 percent.

Despite the fact that Florida primary voters were dominated by conservative voters who support the Tea Party exit polling showed that voters’ top priority was finding a candidate, any candidate, that could beat President Obama. This is a shift from South Carolina where former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich won the majority of voters whose top priority was defeating the President. So it looks like all those millions in negative ads pushed by the Romney campaign worked.

Romney’s real strength continues to be with moderate Republicans. In Florida he won those voters by more than 25 percentage points. The margin of victory was similar among voters who were neutral or opposed to the tea party movement.

The win will no doubt boost the Romney campaign who would really like to see this primary over. But Gingrich has vowed to push ahead.

The campaign now shifts to Nevada and Minnesota, which will hold its caucuses on Saturday. Nevada and Minnesota are states the Paul campaign has focused on, borrowing a strategy from the 2008 Obama campaign and putting the bulk of its resources in states with caucuses where ground organization pays off most.

But Nevada also has a the country’s largest Mormon community outside of Utah and is considered friendly territory for Romney who has spent a good amount of time organizing there.

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Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago

Figured he'd win.

Elizabeth Irby
Elizabeth Irby6 years ago

Romney too rich to understand lives in the US. I am not sure what he is all about when it comes to the US. When he mentioned the poor has a safety net I could have thrown up. He has no idea. Another person with no conscience and he is running for the presidency. Everyone needs to think before they vote. Their vote may put them behind the eight ball unless they THINK. This election may be the most important for the middle class.

Margo A.
Margo A6 years ago

Utterly disgusting the number of blind SHEEPLE there are in our beloved country. How in the world could anyone vote for Mitt Romney.. Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum.... when Ron Paul is by far.. way up an beyond all the others CONSTITUTIONALLY?

Its amazing those of whom hate America and what she has stood for 236 years (well? 220 years.. Bushwhack and Obama have caused so much damage across the board, it's pitiful).. hate our US Constitution and the God-Given Rights, Liberties & Freedoms it allows us.. that they'd remotely consider voting for Newt, Mitt, Ricky or B. O....... and not vote for the one of whom has never wavered on any of the issues.. the one that does not deal with lobbyists.. the one that is guided solely via the US Constitution... Dr. RON PAUL?

All the others are the very same as Obama... and RP stands way apart of any of them.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Utah: 1,857,667 members, 4,734 congregations
California: 755,747 members, 1,356 congregations
Arizona: 374,839 members, 784 congregations
Idaho: 406,764 members, 1,063 congregations
Nevada: 173,639 members, 317 congregations

I must confess I thought Arizona had the largest population of Mormons after Utah but I was wrong. Of the top 5 including Utah California has more members and congregations, Arizona is third trailing Idaho and Nevada is forth well behind Idaho. You can go to for more information.

During one of Mitts interview the morning after Florida elections he stated his family is from Mexico and he wish he could say he was Mexican. His Great-grandfather was here in the USA in 1851 and left because he and John Smith did not like US law forbidding polygamy. Smith sent him to Mexico to develop a Mormon polygamy community and it is still standing today. The Romney’s came back to the USA in 1915 because of the Mexican unrest. Now this is something Newt should consider using. LOL The reason you don't see any real passon out of Romney or truth is because passion is held for the Mormon Church he belongs to and if he spoke the truth it would be Mormon speak and he would lose.
You elect Romney you elect the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) period.

annelies j.
annelies j6 years ago

Sharri S:
"I DO NOT TRUST ROMNEY! Do we really want our president to be based on how much money he has."
Bwaahahahahahaha!!!!! Good one! wasn't Gingrich the one bragging how much money he was making with speeches? And what about the million dollars he got from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack?

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago

Mitt seems to beat Newt most often in more populous counties with a major city (e.g., urban/suburban).

Rob Keenan
Rob Keenan6 years ago

Newt is more steamed than ever at Mitt's attacks against him in Fla.,over 90% of Mitt's ads and seems intent on revenge: thus,"46 states to go." It could be a real ugly GOP Convention in steamy Tampa as a result.

Sharri S.
Sharri S.6 years ago

Romney didn't win. Threre were many other county's that had Gingrich way above Romney. but the Media won't tell you. Romney is just another BSing Obama who has money. I DO NOT TRUST ROMNEY! Do we really want our president to be based on how much money he has. I believe Ginrich will do a lot more for our country. THE MEDIA IS PUSHING ROMNEY KNOWING MANY WILL VOTE FOR ROMNEY JUST BECAUSE THE MEDIA HAS PUSHED HIM. PLEASE VOTE FOR GINGRICH. HE IS THE BETTER CANDIDATE FOR OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!

Ray C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Looks like Obama will be out for a Duck in November, as we say, when we play cricket.

George Boggs
George Boggs6 years ago

It is not hard to run against nobody and win. It only takes 93 Kizillion dollars and being a Republican.