Mitt Romney Wins Florida GOP primary

By: AP
By: AP
Mitt Romney has won the Florida Republican primary.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mitt Romney won a commanding victory in the Florida primary Tuesday night, rebounding from defeat a week earlier and taking a major step toward the Republican presidential nomination. Despite the one-sided result, Newt Gingrich vowed to press on.

"Thank you FL!" an exuberant Romney tweeted minutes after the race was called. "While we celebrate this victory, we must not forget what this election is really about: defeating Barack Obama."

Returns from slightly more than half of Florida's precincts showed Romney with 47 percent of the vote, to 33 percent for Gingrich.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul 7 percent. Neither mounted a substantial effort in the state.

The winner-take-all primary was worth 50 Republican National Convention delegates, by far the most of any primary state so far.

But the bigger prize was precious political momentum in the race to pick an opponent for Democratic President Barack Obama this fall

That belonged to Romney when he captured the New Hampshire primary three weeks ago, then swung stunningly to Gingrich when he countered with a South Carolina upset 11 days later.

Now it was back with the former Massachusetts governor, after a 10-day comeback that marked a change to more aggressive tactics, coupled with an efficient use of an overwhelming financial advantage.

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  • by Ryan on Feb 1, 2012 at 02:22 AM
    Romney and Obama are virtually the same with the exception of a few issues on the economy. Ron Paul has predicted much of this and understands economic matters. Romney is the typical teleprompter kind of guy bought by banks.
  • by B. Ramble on Jan 31, 2012 at 09:46 PM
    I'm I the only person that thinks this dude has the feel of Dr. Evil? He's like a young lex Luther with a dead cat on his head. I dont like anybody running for office. I dont even think it makes a difference to the people who is president. Puppets, the lot of em. Doggone muppet babies is what they are. I'm voting for gold, hemp, wheat, oil and opium.
  • by Chuck U Farley on Jan 31, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    ANYone but Obama!
  • by Reality on Jan 31, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    Why do they keep trying to sell us this smug, arrogant, walking corporation as someone worthy of representing this country? Surely there can't be THAT many people who actually think that this guy is fit for the Presidency. If there are, our society is seriously misguided as a whole.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2012 at 05:11 PM in reply to Reality
      it's not so much that Romney is fit to represent the country; we have to find a person who can replace Obumma. Unfortunately, as it has for the past, oh eight or so elections, it comes down to a protest vote. We don't like Romney, either, but it's the best we're gonna get. So it boils down to a negative choice...neither one is good, but Obumma is worse than Romney...
  • by anon Location: cs on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    SO, he can pay less of a percentage in taxes than any middle class or poor American, and has the overseas accounts to avoid paying those taxes as well, yet he still has this many supporters to win the Florida primary? If this is the best the GOP ends up having to offer and he gets the nomination, Obama will be starting to look better and better again!
  • by USA on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    America is doomed if Romney becomes president! MORE WAR, MORE UNEMPLOYED CITIZENS, MORE CORRUPTION!
  • by ann Location: black forest on Jan 31, 2012 at 06:13 PM
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