RESULTS: Florida 2012 Presidential Preference Primary

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The results of Florida’s winner-take-all Republican primary tonight will be defining, with the state’s 50 delegate prize up for grabs. The delegates are needed to ultimately nominate the national party’s candidate at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa this August.

Mitt Romney is heavily favored in tonight’s balloting in this final and possibly pivotal contest in this high-stakes month.

Although popular Florida Sen. Marco Rubio hasn’t endorsed a candidate or even predicted a winner, he told CNN today: “The winner of Florida is in all likelihood going to be the nominee of our party.”

Full of bravado, Newt Gingrich was reported to have said the race wouldn’t be decided until June or July — “unless Romney drops out earlier.”

Neither Ron Paul nor Rick Santorum are campaigning in the delegate rich state.

Watch the Florida election results HERE, courtesy of the Florida Elections Department.

16 Responses to RESULTS: Florida 2012 Presidential Preference Primary

  1. Hunter says:

    The RNC should have a rule that delegates cannot be awarded on a winner takes all basis unless the winning candidate with a plurality gets a majority of all votes cast. When no candidate gets a majority of all the votes cast, delegates should be awarded proportionally.

    McCain won the nomination 4 years ago by winning pluralities in winner take all primaries. This resulted in a presidential candidate most Republicans didn’t want. Even Arizona did not give McCain a majority of all votes cast in the 2008 primary.

    The desire to “decisively decide” the nomination early is the motivation for winning all delegates in a primary based on just getting a plurality. However, when a majority of party members within a state don’t agree on one candidate, then proportional representation better represents the will of the voters.

    If that results in a brokered convention picking the nominee, then that may be the best thing for the party as it will be a resolution of many factions within the party forming a true majority to pick a candidate.

    Looking back 4 years ago, Mitt Romney probably wished the rules had been different (with proportional representation) as did most Republicans. Of course, the rules are working in Mitt’s favor this year.

  2. Chuck says:

    Congratulations, Gov. Romney!!! Keep up that momentum! That’s a whole passel of delegates.

    • garvan says:

      George Soros recently said that Romney and Obama were essentially the same.

      If that doesn’t tell us something about the Massachusetts liberal, nothing will.

  3. Calypso says:

    I hope this defeat causes Gingrich to rethink his wretched strategy. He’s made me sick. Where is his message? I hear nothing but negativity. He’s got so much to hide that he probably thinks going on the defensive scatters the issues enough to take the onus off of him.

    • Richard Wayne says:

      Romney and his friends spent over $20 million savaging Gingrich while Gingrich had about $5 million to respond. Interesting – – that is about the same amount of negative ads that McCain spent in savaging Hayworth in 2010.

      And you say that Gingrich’s ads make you sick. You must be on your death bed over Romney’s campaign.

      Romney is not a Massachusetts Moderate, he is a Lansing LIberal

      • Calypso says:

        I’m a strong Constitutional conservative, both social and fiscal, and have no problem whatsoever supporting Mitt Romney. Do you like Gingrich’s border stance? He makes no bones about his intentions relating to America’s illegal population. Gingrich is a whining phony.

        My health is fine, thank you very much. Romney’s campaign gives me hope.

  4. Mohave Mike says:

    50 delegates look like the beginning of a lock for Mitt.

    • John Q says:

      Yep, anytime you have about one half of one percent (.005) of the necessary votes, you pretty much have it wrapped up. At least that is what the MSM and beltway power brokers want you to believe.

  5. Jill H says:

    We’ve had so many politicians weasel on border security. The illegal invasion will certainly weaken every conservative principle we strive for. For those two reasons the border has become the defining issue for me.

    When Mitt Romney is asked about border security he says to complete the fence. When Newt is asked about it he immediately goes into the sob story for amnesty.

    Mitt has got my vote…so far.

    • Jason says:

      Jill,
      I wholeheartedly agree. Not only is Newt Gingrich divisive, angry and egotistical, he is also incredibly weak on the border. Each time I hear his spew about “deporting grandmothers” and backing off “if someone is a member of a church” I fume. He is giving the same line manufactured by my former Catholic Church, which I left after the priests became apologists for the continuing invasion of illegals. I expect Newt will stop sounding like church officials when he converts to yet another religion. He’s been a Lutheran, Baptist and Catholic so far, switching religions as often as he switches political positions and wives.

      Not one of the candidates is my ideal, but Mitt Romney is far more exciting as the Republican nominee than Gingrich, since he can actually beat Obama. The petulant leftie Gingrich will ensure another Obama term, which America cannot afford.

  6. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Newt’s the 2012 version of John McCain. At least we still have the opportunity to defeat him before he gets more traction. Some of these old duffers (Bob Dole, John McCain, Newt Gingrich) think they are owed the Republican nomination. It’s all about them and not about the country or even the concept of being able to win. they love the spotlight and adulation from the hangers on, the country be damned. I blame John McCain’s outlandish push, in view of his inability to win, for Obama’s presidency. He was also Obama’s chief defender, telling audiences what a good guy Obama was, one we didn‘t need to fear in the White House. I wondered at the time why McCain didn‘t abandon his own weak campaign and officially hop on the Obama bandwagon. McDopey even chastised a host for using Obama’s middle name of Hussein, although Obama proudly used it during his swearing-in ceremony.

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly! Romney spending major $$ against Newt is exactly what McCain did against JD – destroy a fellow Republican, but go soft on the Dems and Obama. I doubt if Romney will attack Obama with such vengence, afterall Obamacare is based on ROmneycare which is also a disaster.

      • Sam Aritan says:

        Take it to the bank…..Romney will do whatever it takes to win against Obama. As to “Romneycare,” he has repeatedly explained that it was desired by the people of Massachusetts, and he would never advocate for such an issue nationally. As an elected Republican governor of a blue state, dealing with a solidly liberal legislature, he was hamstrung in many ways. The facts are not that difficult to grasp, if you actually want to.

  7. Jim says:

    Romney won for one reason and one reason only:

    “Romney aired almost 13,000 ads on broadcast television across the state, as of Wednesday, the 25th…[Newt] Gingrich and his interest-group allies have aired only about 200 spots.

    That’s a 65:1 ratio in favor of Romney!!. With that disparity, 20 percent might be pretty good for Gingrich tonight.”

    That is approximately ten times more advantage than McCain had over Hayworth. All I can say is WOW!!

    • AZ Conservative Guy says:

      Mitt Romney won a decisive Florida victory precisely because he isn’t Newt Gingrich. End of story!

  8. ZOO says:

    I’m pleased that Gingrich lost Florida, but I still do not trust Romney on illegal immigration. It is one thing to stand against amnesty, but another to ignore the zillions already imbedded. On that subject, Romney told a Hispanic group last weekend that he favors work permits for illegals – and when they expire they must leave the U.S. This is quite similar to what Obama and company are doing now. This is simply stalling the exodus hoping voters can’t add two and two, and handing out work permits negates state enforcement laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, etc. If that isn’t enough, having the albino rino McCain stumping for Romney is scary at best. At this point, the only one I trust is Rick Santorum and hope that immigration enforcement advocates will wake up in the coming primaries. The GOP hides behind “electability” to ensure a GWB-lite wins and preserves their cheap labor cesspool.