Florida Results: Mitt 47%, conservatives 45%

Even if Gingrich or Santorum pulled out of the race prior to the Florida primary, and all of their votes went to the other, Mitt Romney would have still won Florida by a couple of points. If you’re of the belief Gingrich and Santorum represents the conservative point of view … what does this tell us?

The delegate count after tonight with 1144 needed: Romney-84, Gingrich-27, Santorum-10, Paul-8. These are approximate numbers, but I’m thinking Florida really went for the nominee they thought had more of a chance to win against President Obama. In other words, defeat Obama at all cost … even if the health care legislation is taken completely off the table in the general election.

Today, Real Clear Politics averages has Obama beating Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul by 2.3 percent, 12.2 percent, 10 percent and 5.4 percent respectively. Gingrich is the worst option (to beat Obama) and I think Florida voted with that in mind.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Tim-in-Alabama on February 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Gingrich has run a sloppy, erratic campaign. I also think when he reverts to whiny mode it’s a big turnoff: Romney’s running mean ads; Santorum’s splitting the conservative vote; moderators are asking outrageous questions. We already have a president who whines and blames everyone else. His campaign’s failure to get him on the ballot in Virginia is also a huge negative and speaks poorly to his management. His use of the most outlandish hyperbole in the history of politics is also off putting. I think what little shine Newt’s star has is quickly fading.

    • Anne-EH on February 1, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Not surprised myself that Gingrich lost in FL. That is the result of not only staying on the issues, but also the sucess of the Romney ads.?

      The question I do have is that will Newt win the rest of the south, because Newt is from the south??

    • Tim-in-Alabama on February 1, 2012 at 9:06 am

      I think Southern voters were most excited about Herman Cain. Some of the state establishment types in Alabama are rallying around Gingrich because he’s the anti-establishment establishment candidate who is part of the establishment while being an outsider, but Romney also has a strong campaign, which speaks well to his ability to organize and run an enterprise.. I personally like Santorum best.

  2. ricbee on February 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    I think Real Clear is full of real guvna.

  3. ricbee on February 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    If Newt had a spark of decency( & knew where is next payoff was coming from-the RNC),he’d quit & throw his ample weight to little Ricky.

  4. JBS on February 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Florida voters went with the front runner. Hey, It’s just the way it worked out.
    Here again, in 2012, I wish that I could have a candidate with all of the best attributes of the GOP candidates all combined into one perfect candidate. Ain’t gonna happen, never.
    So, I am searching for a large clothes pin so I can vote in November.

    The important thing to remember is that ?bama has to be defeated. If he gets four more years, this country is doomed.

  5. sammy22 on February 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Just wondering if it not time to close the Mitt vs Newt poll.


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