Liveblog: Florida Primary Results
Mitt Romney rebounded after a loss in South Carolina to a big win Tuesday in Florida's primary, securing all of the state's 50 Republican delegates. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul all vowed to continue their campaigns.
- 11:34 p.m. ET | With 99.7 percent precincts reporting: Romney: 46%, Gingrich 32%, Santorum, 13%.
- 11:31 p.m. ET | From the Romney camp:
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- 11:24 p.m. ET | Mark Shields: This has been a year of surprises and there's no reason to think the surprises will stop.
- 11:27 p.m. ET | "Romney cut off kosher food to elderly Jews on Medicare.” This and eight other "Newtisms" from the Florida primary campaign, provided by Ryan Lizza and The New Yorker.
- 11:13 p.m. ET | From Stuart Rothenberg, of the Rothenberg Political Report: Newt Gingrich did well with conservative voters, supporters of the Tea Party, white evangelicals... Republicans are not wildly enthusiastic about this field. At the end of the day, they are wildly enthusiastic about beating Barack Obama.”
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- 11:10 p.m. ET | Mark Shields: There's not really a compelling reason to vote for Mitt Romney. There's no vision he offers that's different. The other group he did well with is married women. And that's an Achilles heel for Newt Gingrich.
- 11:08 p.m. ET | "Emotional tenor is the big difference here," David Brooks said. "Gingrich is angry, Romney is driven, but businesslike."
- 11:06 p.m. ET | The biggest concern of Florida voters was electability, said Mark Shields. And the older you were and the richer you were, the more likely you were to vote for Romney.
- 11:04 p.m. ET | "Gingrich’s loss in Florida was a profound rejection of his candidacy by voters in one of the biggest, most important swing states, and pressure could mount on Mr. Gingrich to drop his insurgency bid, the New York Times reports. "Still, he said he would not back down."
- 10:59 p.m. ET | Here's a photo of a sample Fla. ballot:
- 10:55 p.m. ET | And from Roemer...
- 10:53 p.m. ET | On Republican candidate, Buddy Roemer:
- 10:51 p.m. ET | From The Hill: Michelle Obama calls Romney's singing abilities "beautiful," and then pauses for laughter.
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