ANALYSIS: Despite a sweeping victory, it was not all sweetness and light for Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State. Lacking a hero, many conservatives may have stayed home. Turnout this year was down from the primary of 2008 by 10 percentage points, more than 280,000 votes.
After a stinging loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary earlier this month, Mitt Romney is once again the front-runner in the Republican presidential race. Romney won the Florida primary Tuesday night by beating former House Speaker Newt Gingrich by 14 points.
Newt Gingrich had his best fundraising of the campaign in the final months of last year — but so did rival Mitt Romney, whose disclosure reports showed he raised more than twice as much. As for Obama, his campaign showed that incumbency still has its advantages.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum chose to characterize his distant third-place finish in Florida's Republican presidential primary as a victory, of sorts. And then he lit into the distant second-place finisher, Newt Gingrich.
Mitt Romney's huge win in Florida positions him well for the contests ahead. The only thing the Florida outcome failed to do, some critics maintain, was present a convincing case that Romney is the best possible Republican candidate to take on President Obama.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney beat former House Speaker Newt Gingrich by a commanding margin of 14 points Tuesday night. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, who barely campaigned in the state, came in third and fourth.
Newt Gingrich had hoped that his win in the South Carolina primary earlier this month would give him momentum going into Tuesday's nominating contest in Florida. But it didn't. He lost to Mitt Romney by 14 points.
Mitt Romney supporters celebrated across Florida Tuesday night. The former Massachusetts governor picked up a key endorsement from Hispanic lawmakers — and that made a difference for at least some GOP voters.
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