Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Romney wins in Florida. Advantage: Obama

As expected, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday night, the first primary on the GOP campaign calendar held in a state that comes close to reflecting the nation's cultural and demographic diversities. Romney, having lately discovered his inner angry man, bested his only real challenger, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, by at least a dozen percentage points in a race that was called right after all polls closed.

With a blowout long-foretold now in the books, Romney lays more solid claim to being the presumptive Republican nominee. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul are still in the race, finishing Tuesday in third and fourth place, respectively. But Gingrich assumes his most provocative role in the campaign season, having announced he intends to stay in the race through the bonanza of March 6, Super Tuesday. Part Lazarus, part Jake LaMotta, the pummeled, disliked former speaker of the House, left for dead more than once, vows to be still standin' when the campaign pulls into Tampa in August -- whether the party establishment likes it or not.

Read more at The Root

Image credit: Romney: via YouTube.

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