Mitt Romney wins 2012 Florida primary
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Former Massachusetts Mitt Romney won the Florida on Tuesday with over 46 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Newt Gingrich came in second with 32 percent. As a winner-takes-all state, Florida awarded all fifty of its to Romney, pushing him ahead as the front-runner for the Republican Party nomination.
The win follows what South Carolina primary on January 21, and attributed his fall to negative advertisements from the Romney campaign. Romney outspent Gingrich five-to-one on campaign advertisements in the state.described as "one of the most acrimonious weeks in recent presidential campaign history." Gingrich briefly led the polls in Florida after his victory in the
According to exit polls, Romney won the female vote by a large margin over Gingrich. He also edged him among the Tea Party and conservative voters, and tied him among .
In his victory speech, Romney argued, "A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us. And we will win."
Gingrich disagreed, remarking, "It is now clear that this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate...We are going to contest every place and we are going to win."
Former Senator Rick Santorum finished third with 13 percent, followed by Congressman Ron Paul with seven percent. Paul did not campaign extensively in Florida and is currently focusing his campaign on Nevada's February 4 , in which the party selects candidates for that state.
Romney, who now leads Gingrich 71 to 23 in delegates, plans to focus on both Nevada and Minnesota. Gingrich will also participate in Nevada, but hopes to keep his campaign alive with victories in the southern states of Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.
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