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Florida: Gingrich Comes In “Distant Second” To Romney In GOP Primary

by David Badash on January 31, 2012

in News,Politics

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Newt Gingrich comes in a “distant second” to Mitt Romney in the Florida GOP primary. Currently NBC News is projecting Romney with 47% to Gingrich’s 31%. Rachel Maddow on-air said, “there are diseases with better unfavorables than Gingrich.” Rick Santorium took only 13%, and Ron Paul walks away with only 7%.

 READ: Romney Promises To Propose Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

Romney picks up 50 delegates in this winner-take-all state.

Santorum has taken offense publicly for Gingrich pressing Santorum to drop out.

Romney beat Gingrich among women by about 22 percentages points.

Also, via Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog:

No Edge for Gingrich Along Georgia Border

If there’s one place Newt Gingrich might have been expected to do well tonight, it’s in the counties in the extreme northern part of Florida that border his native state of Florida.

But so far, Mr. Gingrich is only running about even with Mitt Romney in these counties.

Between the eight border counties that have reported results so far, Mr. Gingrich has 15,549 votes – slightly behind Mr. Romney’s 15,726.

Mr. Gingrich may overtake Mr. Romney by the end of the evening since Leon County – which contains Tallahassee and is more moderate than most of the region – has reported a higher share of its results than most others. Still, that Mr. Gingrich is struggling to hold his ground even along the Georgia border is a sign of his deep difficulties tonight.

Developing story – stay tuned for updates.

Image via TPM.

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tacitus January 31, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Does this shock any body? Gingrich said that he would refuse to participate in any debates that were moderated by a journalist. What is up with the supposed enmity between the right and the media? When Romney said to Iowa that Michelle Bachman did what she was supposed to do, refused to talk about anything other than what she wanted to when she was being interviewed by the media, you could HEAR the crickets, and Bachman had to withdraw from the race after that. What in the hell are these people thinking?

wyocowboy62 January 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Newt drop out…you wont win…looks has a lot to do with getting to be president. USA has become so obessed with looks that the president has to be half way decesant looking and Newt you don't have it…

psuedok February 1, 2012 at 3:58 am

I hope he doesn't drop out.. His antics keep the Daily Show alive..
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