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.