Florida Primary

5:42am

Wed February 1, 2012
It's All Politics

After Mitt Romney's Decisive Victory, What Will Newt Gingrich Do?

The big question coming off of Mitt Romney's decisive 14-point victory in Florida is, "What's next for Newt Gingrich?" If you go by what the former speaker said during interviews and his speech last night, the campaign will extend into the summer.

But as The New York Times sees it, Gingrich might have to recalibrate, and it may all come down to Super Tuesday.

The Times explains:

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4:21am

Wed February 1, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Rules In First Mega-State, But Warning Flags Fly Over Florida Results

Mitt Romney at his state campaign headquarters Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

It was a great night for Mitt Romney, restoring the former Massachusetts governor's lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Storming from behind after his crashing fall in South Carolina 10 days earlier, Romney overtook rival Newt Gingrich and passed him in the course of a week. In the end, he won the far larger and more pivotal state of Florida by the same margin he had lost by in South Carolina.

He did it in two ways, both depending on the power of TV in a state too large for retail campaigning.

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12:03am

Wed February 1, 2012
Election 2012

Despite Florida, GOP Concerns About Romney Linger

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:03 am

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in Tampa on Tuesday after winning the Florida primary.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

With his lopsided win in Florida, Mitt Romney displayed nearly all the skills and talents a front-runner might need.

He was able to decimate his leading opponent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, through a series of disciplined and sustained attacks, and he had the organizational capacity to press every tactical advantage.

The only thing he failed to do, some critics maintain, was present a convincing case that he's the best possible Republican candidate to take on President Obama.

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10:46pm

Tue January 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Fla. Co-Chairman: Win Tied To Economy... And November

Mitt Romney greets supporters during a victory party Tuesday night in Tampa, Fla.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney's Florida campaign co-chairman says Romney's stance on the mortgage crisis resonated strongly with Republican voters in the Sunshine State.

"It's at the epicenter of the problems we're facing in our economy here," Tom Lee, who served as president of the Florida Senate and now works in the homebuilding industry, told NPR's Ari Shapiro. "If we don't get housing turned around, we're not going to get America turned around."

"We've got to get people back to work so they can start paying their mortgages again and get housing back on the uptake," said Lee.

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10:05pm

Tue January 31, 2012
It's All Politics

Santorum Reacts To Romney Romp In Florida By Going After Gingrich

Rick Santorum poses for photos with supporters in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum chose to characterize his distant third-place finish in Florida's Republican presidential primary as a victory, of sorts.

"Speaker Gingrich spent 5 or 6 million bucks in the state of Florida and walked away with no delegates," he told NPR after a packed primary night event at his Nevada headquarters in Las Vegas. "I didn't spend a penny."

"We are in a cash-positive position," he said, adding that his campaign on Tuesday raised $200,000 online.

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