Florida's Primary Looms Large For GOP Candidates


The four remaining Republican candidates met for the final time ahead of Tuesday's primary, debating in front of a Florida audience.

Frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney clashed over everything from personal finances to illegal immigration.

The candidates have a lot riding on Florida. The winner of the primary takes all 50 of the state's delegates, which will give a big boost. After losing South Carolina, Romney badly needs the victory to end any hemorrhaging to his campaign; Gingrich needs the victory to continue riding on the momentum from his South Carolina win. A win for either man will make him the frontrunner.

Recent polls have showed Romney with a slight edge over Gingrich, with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul trailing far behind.

A number of prominent Republicans have come out against a Gingrich candidacy, including former presidential candidate Bob Dole, who told "CBS Sunday Morning" that Gingrich was "very difficult to work with," and he hoped the former House Speaker would not become president.

More than 70 House and Senate members have endorsed Romney.

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  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    Romnney is fighting to win the election and Gingrich is fighting for an idea.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    I'd love to see Ron Paul upset the establishment and MSM's apple cart with a win in Florida. The fake sparing by Newt and Mitt along with the media's blowhard promotion of both only shows how the nomination process is corrupt.
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      by Common Sense on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:54 AM in reply to Nath
      There is not much we can do about Florida, unfortunately. But we can go to the caucus on Feb 7th and vote for Ron Paul.
  • by I see it on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:17 AM
    Romney flips on everything and Gingrich is just looking for a new wife. Buddy Roemer 2012!
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      by Common Sense on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to I see it
      I was thinking or Ron Paul :)
  • by Common Sense Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    This article sounds like it is promoting Romney, but we all know that he has no chance of winning against Obama. Romney is the choice of the establishment and they would love to see him as president, because then they can continue to make more money of the average Americans. We need someone in office who has the best interest of the Americans in his heart. And it is not Romney, Gingrich or Santorum. Bring the troops home and stop the wars.
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