Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who adamantly opposes legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, likely won't win Florida, and he's polling nationally at about 16 percent. But he could have a big impact on the GOP race in the Sunshine State and beyond.
There was a lot at stake. Debates played a crucial role in Newt Gingrich's win in South Carolina. Now, Mitt Romney is hoping for the same kind of magic in the Sunshine State. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are hoping to break through.
Tune in to Spanish-language radio or TV for even a few moments in Florida these days, and you'll hear ads touting the virtues of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. But some critics say there are big differences in what the candidates are telling Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues to fend off accusations that he should wear the scarlet "L" — for "lobbyist." He's released two consulting contracts and says they didn't call for any lobbying. But where's the line between consulting and lobbying?
Amid all the rancor, there is some common ground among Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and President Obama: worker retraining. It's an issue with broad political appeal, particularly in Florida where the job situation remains bleak.
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