(CNN) - Mitt Romney will win the Florida primary, CNN projected Tuesday in a result that will cement the front-running status of the former Massachusetts governor for the Republican presidential nomination.
With more than one third of the vote counted, Romney had about 47% of the tally, according to the Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Gingrich had garnered nearly 32%. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania was in third, followed by U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.
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