With most polls now closed in Florida’s Republican presidential primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is taking an early lead in the first returns.
With 21% of polls reporting, Romney had 49% of the vote. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was getting 29% of the early votes. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum had 13%, and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul had 7%.
Some polls in Florida’s Panhandle don’t close until 8 p.m. ET. CNN will not make any projections until after all polls close.
Mitt Romney will win the Florida Republican primary and all its 50 delegates, CNN projects.
Romney becomes the first GOP candidate to win two primary contests this year. He won the New Hampshire primary earlier this month. The battle for the Republican presidential nomination now moves to the Nevada caucuses on Saturday.
Mitt Romney had to outspend Gingrich 4 to 1 to get less than 50%. He will likely be outspent 2 to 1 by Obama, including the Obama media. So far, Gingrich is the only guy who can win on a shoestring.
Mitt is growing on me.
He is awfully cute…and since Obama = Romney…
I may vote cute factor…
Is that raCi$t?
Anyway, is there anything more American than Mormon?
I can see a sea gull from my porch!
Think you made a haiku.
Newt Gingrich has failed
Mitt Romney has momentum
HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS IS ON TCM!!!!!!11!
Too bad Angelique isn’t in it.
Aren’t those two different things?
Angelique was the vampire witch in the tv series played by Lara Parker.
She was the original sexy vampire.
I’m pretty sure Angelique was just a witch. It seemed like Barnabas was the only vampire in that show,
I’m pretty sure I know what I’m talking about. I used to watch the show every day.
I ran home every day at 3:30, right after school, to watch it.
Didn’t watch the series, but the 7th grade kids did pull me into the Dark Shadows board game from Milton Bradley. When girls wanted to play, we would integrate spin-the-bottle rules into the game. Wait can that be right. Hope I’m not mis-remembering. Kissing practice was involved in any case, one way or another.
Looks like turnout down 200k from 2008. Notice that when Romney ties/wins (IA, NH, FL) no turnout surge, when Newt won in SC huge turnout surge. Turnout will be important in November 2012, and while Romney is winning, he’s not motivating new voters to come out. Bad sign so far.
“False narrative?” Like when Newt said that Romney tried to take kosher meals away from elderly Jewish people on Medicare in MA? (Totally false — the issue was after the home decided to close the kosher kitchen at one of their facilities where only 8% of the residents kept kosher due to budget constraints & bring in kosher meals for those residents daily from their larger facility or contract the meals to an outside vendor; Romney vetoed a budget that would have given MORE money to the home so it could keep that kitchen open — the residents were NEVER in danger of being denied kosher meals). Or how about when the Newt ad that Romney was “anti-immigration” as in all immigration that Rubio came out saying was totally inaccurate & which Newt pulled & admitted that it was inaccurate?
The only false narratives going around here are that (1) Newt is some “Washington outsider” when he made every cent he has through DC politics; (2) that he is the “true conservative” when he’s had 3 wives & at least 2 adulterous affairs; (3) that he is some kind of “historian” when he was denied tenure at some 3rd rate college; and (4) that Newt has a snowball’s change in hell of winning against Obama — he can’t “debate” Romney if there is no noise & he can’t “debate” when the halls are allegedly packed with Romney supporters – how packed for Obama does he think the presidential debate halls will be? But, of course, the “great debater” has already said he isn’t even going to debate Obama if the moderator works for a network, so maybe he’s counting on no presidential debates, just him delivering a monologue in front of a cherry-picked crowd.
Sarah — I’ve always stood up for you, but you can officially kiss my ass.
*None of this, btw, is an endorsement of Romney — just a rant on Newt & this bullshit meme that the MEDIA is trying to sell us that Newt is the “anti-establishment” candidate. He isn’t — he’s just an asshole.
Mitt was so truthful he spent 17 million dollars to Newt’s $4 million to get 45% of the primary voters. Newt says one thing about Kosher meals and it’s treated like his stump speech.
Newt is the anti-establishment candidate. The media wants him gone so they can get Romneycare the nomination, If Santorum endorses Newt, Romney is back in trouble. Mitt has to seriously get those conservative voters back for the next 3 months, because all he did with those ads was depress turnout. And that model will lose him the general election,
Santorum won’t endorse Newt – He plans to be Mitt’s mate.
If so, Rick is in for a surprise, it ain’t going to happen. Mitt will need someone from the South, most likely latino. But he might pull Rick into the admin if he wins in some way.
Actually I think Rick has really helped himself in the party during this race. He has been mostly fair and pounded away with conservative talking points. I think he’s redeeming himself from his senate loss in ’06.
It really is sad to see people who saw through the Obama falling for Newt — and really there is no excuse because Newt has a history/record.
I’m not addressing anything about Romney — I’m not endorsing Romney and feel no need to defend him about any thing — I’m disgusted by Newt & how he is playing people like a fiddle with his “People’s Party” bullshit when I remember his “Contract with America” bullshit.
A leopard doesn’t change it’s spots.
No one’s “falling for Newt” angie. At least I’m not. But what we have right now is the establishment elite’s Mitt and Barack show, and they are loving it. And by they I mean the Obots and the establishment GOP, the Donna Brazile crowd and the Karl Rove crowd. They are all celebrating today with glee. That should be a clue. And for me, anything that throws a wrench into that is a good thing for this country because I truly believe the most dangerous reality in our politics today is the exclusive rule by creative class elites. It has become unprecedented. Throwing a wrench at that doesn’t necessarily mean electing Newt for the frickin presidential beauty contest. There is more at stake than that. It means putting enough pressure on the elites to break up some of these establishment blocks.
About the kosher meals (from 2007)
He vetoed a law that would give $5 extra per kosher diner.
State legislature overrode him.
Doesn’t sound “totally false” – since the veto was not enforced, “never in any danger” is purely hypothetical. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0107/2550.html
As to Newt being “anti-establishment” – I think the reality is closer to what Hillary is. It’s not that the media & DNC didn’t consider her an insider – it’s that they considered her uncontrollable. If she won she would have been calling the shots and not bowing to Big Money.
I think they fear the same of Newt – he will do his own thing if he wins and that scares them. (Some of what he does may be scary to me too, for the record)
And what part of that makes you think that the elderly patients were going to be — or were ever in danger of being — DENIED kosher meals? Because that is what Newt said –not intricacies of budgets, etc. I don’t care how it “sounds” to you, but what Newt said, the narrative he tried to create, is TOTALLY FALSE.
Again, though, I’m defending Romney –but most of his negative ads about Newt were the TRUTH. Newt was the one trying to create the FALSE NARRATIVE.
*should have been: I’m not trying to defend Romney.
I still don’t trust Newt, but I really don’t want Mitt to be the nominee.
I am hoping that Mitt & Newt destroy each other in this primary.
In fact I am at the point where I would be ok if Santorum, Paul, or Newt get the nomination – any non-Mitt will do.
The regime of Bush-Obama-Romney-Jeb has got to be defeated.
Don’t disagree with most of that, except the part about “true conservative” meaning no divorce. Newt is not a true conservative because his governing record on actual policy is more moderate than his campaign rhetoric, just like Romney. It’s not about his serial marriages imo. But as to his anti-establishment posture during this campaign, I think it’s valid….at least to the extent that Obots and the RNC and the political and media elites want an Obama-Romney general election. It’s a win-win for them, and they can all go back to being arrogant twits and forgetting about the proles for another term. A couple of weeks ago, Newt had everyone in DC nervous. Last night they were all back to being insufferable assholes, not nervous at all. Obama or Romney, the creative class wins.
Not looking forward to this media choreographed ultimate deathmatch charade between Obama and Romney for the rest of the year. They are on the same team, they have essentially the same policy priorities, they both flip flop. I may start calling them the Kabuki Twins.
Good point. I agree. Newt is not a true conservative not because of his marriages.
Ironically, you could make the case that both Newt and Mitt are more progressive than Obama. Now that’s frick’ing irritating.
Yes, his record isn’t that conservative either, but I do think the marriages & adulterous affairs count against him on that score. Social conservatives — like Sarah Palin — are always espousing about family values, etc & then they turn around and support the thrice married Newt? He’s the candidate which best reflects their beliefs? The “true conservative?” MY ASS!
Honestly as big of a tool that Santorum is, if Palin, etc. were endorsing him, I could see that. But three time married Newt? Again: Bullshit. And people falling for it. SMH.
Love a good rant!!
Mitt sure has money to burn. I wonder how much he would pay for my little PA vote? Can I auction it on ebay? Would that be wrong?
Newt’s speech was quite good. It’s hard to beat the machine though. We’ll likely get a choice between two people even George Soros says are the same person. Having no real choice is the plan. Sucks.
Poor Wall Street. They have such a hard choice this election year.
Should they vote for the candidate they own who occasionally makes tsk-tsk noises about them in speeches and only delivers 99% of what they want, but who makes them feel like they’ve done something morally daring, even hip, by voting for a black dude, or should they put their weight behind the candidate they own who loudly proclaims their greatness in speeches and will be even more obliging in policy, but who may wear goofy underdrawers?
thanks for covering this myiq…hmmmmm
I try to post stuff you won’t find everywhere else.