(CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney described his loss in Florida’s primary as a close call.
“Almost, but not quite,” the former Massachusetts governor told a group of disappointed Florida supporters.
He also used his concession speech to take a shot at victor John McCain. “At a time like this, America needs a president in the White House who has actually had a job in the real economy,” said Romney, who has said his private sector experience gives him a major advantage over McCain, who has had careers as a military officer and as an elected representative.
“You see at a time like this, knowing how America works is more important than knowing how Washington works.”
McCain captured 36 percent of the vote Tuesday. Romney came in second with 31 percent. The two were neck-and-neck in the polls leading up to Florida’s primary.
–CNN’s Emily Sherman