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Romney Surges Ahead In Florida

Braden Holly |
January 30, 2012 | 12:09 a.m. PST

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Mosaic of Florida. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Mosaic of Florida. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Mitt Romney holds a healthy lead of 14 points over Newt Gingrich according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday leading up to the GOP primary of the largest state to take part in the process so far – Florida.

Romney’s surge ahead of his nearest competitor, Gingrich, has been attributed to a number of factors, ranging from a series of negative advertisements attacking Gingrich, to statements made by Gingrich (Moon Base Gingrich?), to the greater diversity in Florida’s voter base when compared to the states that have previously held primaries in this race.

Money is also a factor, with Romney outspending his competition in Florida.

However, while other candidates have focused their attention elsewhere, likely hoping to drum up support in other states where their competitors don’t hold such commanding leads, Gingrich appears to be holding out hope in Florida.

According to the Washington Post:

The Gingrich campaign professed itself unfazed by Romney’s apparent surge in Florida after losing the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary to Gingrich in a landslide. Instead, it pointed to national polls showing Gingrich ahead of the former Massachusetts governor.

Romney’s campaign has geared up following his loss in the South Carolina Primary, turning the tables on Gingrich, who beat him by double digits in that state.

The Los Angeles Times

Asked about his drubbing in South Carolina -- where he lost to Gingrich by double digits -- Romney argued that he was getting "wailed on" by Gingrich and his allies and acknowledged that his campaign "didn't respond well" -- prompting the campaign's more aggressive turn in Florida.

Gingrich, rather than writing off Florida as Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have, is attempting to appeal to Tea Part voters and evangelicals, according to the New York Times.

Gingrich has also been endorsed by his former competitor Herman Cain.  However, one has to wonder if touting the endorsement of a man who was basically driven out of the race by accusations of sexual harassment and infidelity is the wisest course for a man who continues to struggle with his own history on the marital front.

Despite Gingrich's best efforts, with just a day to go before the Florida Primary, this looks to be Romney’s race.



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