Live blog of the Florida primary
Mitt Romney stands with his sons as they watch early election returns on CNN before attendinng their Florida primary night party January 31, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.
January 31st, 2012
04:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Live blog of the Florida primary

(CNN) - Florida voters headed to the polls Tuesday and delivered former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a decisive victory one month and three contests into the 2012 GOP primary election. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich came in second place, followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Read all the details and CNN reporting from primary night below and see all the results at CNNPolitics.com. Follow us on Twitter at #cnnelections or @PoliticalTicker. Read more here.

11:00 p.m. ET @crowleyCNN: What remains twitpic.com/8e7gcb

10:58 p.m. ET - Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, now a Gingrich supporter, said the voters in Florida delivered a "double digit shellacking" to the former House speaker, but added that the 2012 primary race is a "long way from over."

10:45 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: Some truck ops (not ours) outside Romney event already griping about looming Secret Service protection. Security sweeps!

10:43 p.m. ET - @MeganGrantCNN: Gingrich daughters to Piers: "We knew this wasn't our state or our time or place." #CNNElections


10:32 p.m. ET
@DanaBashCNN: Santorum still at nevada hq schmoozing w supporters #cnnelections pic.twitter.com/MrgO2sDD

10:30 p.m. ET
- Appearing on CNN, Ralph Reed, president of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said Romney's win in Florida is "very impressive," especially his lead among Evangelical, Catholic and Latino voters.

10:24 p.m. ET
@deirdrewalshcnn: Santorum on CNN says speech tomorrow contrasting Romneycare and obamacare will draw issue contrasts unlike Gingrich focusing on attacks

10:23 p.m. ET - Appearing live on CNN, Santorum differentiated himself from the other candidates in the race by stressing his discipline and pointing to his scheduled address Wednesday on health care.

10:17 p.m. ET - CNN Political Analyst Ronald Brownstein: "Mitt Romney expanded his following among key center-hugging groups while narrowing rival Newt Gingrich's appeal among populist Republican voters." Read more here.

10:11 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN reports: A federal law enforcement source tells CNN that Romney will receive Secret Service Protection "within days."

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10:08 p.m. ET - Appearing live on CNN, Paul said his campaign is more likely to be successful in caucus states than primary states.

"It is easier for is to compete. You need energy, you need hard workers and people dedicated," Paul said of campaigning in caucus states. "They need to believe in something, and then you can compensate for not having $30 or $50 million to compete in a state like Florida."

10:02 p.m. ET
- @donnabrazile: Economy on the mend, jobs are slowly coming back. That is good news unless you're a GOP presidential candidate.

9:56 p.m. ET - With 94% of precincts reporting, Romney received 46% of the vote, followed by Gingrich with 32%, Santorum with 13% and Paul with 7%.

9:52 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Even if @MittRomney runs the board in Feb, still far cry from 1144 delegates needed. #cnnelections yfrog.com/oeai1uij

9:44 p.m. ET @jimacostacnn: Asked if the no call is a sign that this race has gotten personal, Gingrich spokesman RC Hammond says it's a sign the race goes on.

9:41 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Paul &Santorum called Mitt 2 congratulate. Gingrich did not. ( says romney source) I think newt might be upset.

9:40 p.m. ET
- @donnabrazile: Newt isn't afraid to play the bad guy. Okay, he isn't able to play anything BUT the bad guy. Gingrich goes Rogue tonight! Agree?

9:38 p.m. ET - @alexcast: i think ron paul would like us to join his organization of anarchists. if we could have one.

9:37 p.m. ET
- @mjaconicnn: Interesting that Ron Paul, who would be the oldest president in history is only getting 3% of FL voters over 65. #CNNElections

9:30 p.m. ET
– At a rally in Henderson, Nevada, Paul told supporters he called Romney to congratulate him on his Florida win and tell him he's looking forward to the caucus states.

9:29 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: On to feb, or as @newtgingrich says #46statestogo. But next month is advantage @MittRomney #cnn yfrog.com/kjtg1trj

9:26 p.m. ET
@crowleyCNN: No Saul Alinsky mention from Newt? I feel vaguely let down. PS He will soldier on–(Newt not Saul Alinsky, who is departed)

9:24 p.m. ET - @donlemoncnn: Newt quote: "i pledge to you my life, my fortune and my sacred honor." What the?!! Is he asking us to marry him? #CNNelections

9:22 p.m. ET
- @alexcast: newt speech is good news for romney. he won't have to go one-on-one w/ santorum, who has higher favorables and the base. #cnnelections

9:21 p.m. ET - @YellinCNN: Exit polling shows Romney winning 54% of Fl latino vote. That's up from 14% in Fl 2008. Should that be worrisome for Team Obama?

9:20 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: Santorum mtg with supporters at his NV campaign office: opened 4 days ago yfrog.com/hsk0nymj

9:19 p.m. ET - Gingrich told supporters he will not sing, like Obama did last week, because he's "not running for entertainer-in-chief, I'm running for president."

"You can't sing your way past the disaster of your presidency," Gingrich said in Orlando.

9:17 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: CONTRACT for AMERICA 2012 – two parts: It's conditional. part 1, says Gingrich, is conditional on country electing GOP House and Senate.

9:16 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: NEWT: in the next few days, we'll develop the equivalent of the Contract from 1994, only it will be personal. Oh, and it's two parts.

9:15 p.m. ET
- @PaulBegala: Newt calls for "people-powered campaign." Because, you know, the people all have $1M lines of credit at Tiffany's. #CNNelections

9:13 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Newt is tired.

9:12 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: A 15-point loss & @newtgingrich attacks @MittRomney, vows he will b the nominee. #46statestogo #cnn yfrog.com/mmxx8tj

9:11 p.m. ET - @PaulBegala: Newt vows to fight all the way to convention in August. Crowd cheers a little. I cheer a lot. #CNNelections

9:10 p.m. ET - Gingrich said the Florida results prove this will be a "two person race" until he wins the GOP nomination.

"We are going to contest every place and we are going to win," Gingrich said at his Florida campaign headquarters in Orlando. "We will in Tampa as the nominee in August."

9:04 p.m. ET - @PeterHambyCNN: the main reason Newt and Santorum head to Nevada: TV cameras are there. But it's a Romney/Ron Paul state by a mile.

9:03 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: V distant 3rd in #flprimary, sen santorum fights on in nevada. #cnnelections yfrog.com/es6hbjej

9:00 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Good news for rick santorum: he just told me live on cnn his daughter bella is getting out of hospital tomorrow #cnnelections

8:55 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Without FL's totals, GOP turnout total turnout so far in 2012 is up 21.9% compared to 2008. That's a good sign...

8:50 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Romney speech competent, not compelling. Has work to do to create foot soldiers as dedicated to him as to beating Obama. #CNNElections

8:52 p.m. ET
- Santorum told @DanaBashCNN that the results in Florida prove Gingrich "had his shot our of South Carolina and couldn't hold it." He said voters are now looking for a "different conservative as an alternative to Romney."

In interview at his campaign headquarters in Las Vegas, the former Pennsylvania senator also touted his recent fundraising numbers, including $200,000 he said his campaign raised Tuesday.

8:48 p.m. ET - @YellinCNN: The President did not watch that speech by Gov Romney. He's at a fundraiser in Maryland.

8:43 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mitt says he wants country where hope is new job not a faded word on an old bumper sticker.

8:42 p.m. ET - Reacting to the Florida election results, Santorum said he's "not surprised."

"We decided obviously that that was a – that's a death match that I didn't want to get involved in, the resources you had to spend to compete there," Santorum said in Las Veags Tuesday. "We decided that this was going to be a long campaign and we were going to get out and run a campaign across this country."

8:40 p.m. ET - @alexcast: "without raising taxes i will balance the budget." – Romney. that's a big promise, equal to "read my lips."

8:39 p.m. ET - Romney briefly dings his rivals on their economic plans, saying he knows how to turn the economy around "unlike the other people running for president," before returning his jabs to the president.

8:35 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Gracious Mitt shows up. Gives nod to opponents says Fractious primaries "don't divide us, they prepare us"

8:32 p.m. ET - Addressing his supporters at his headquarters in Tampa, Florida, Romney said a competitive primary "does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win."

8:31 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Mitt will go after POTUS 2nite. Will return to Newt on campaign trail if needs be. Like grandma says there's a time and place 4 everything

8:31 p.m. ET - @SamFeistCNN: Mitt Romney watching election returns on #CNN. Good choice. Via @Ryangop. #CNNElections. yfrog.com/h2w0wzzj

8:25 p.m. ET - @sinderbrandcnn: Romney won voting blocs Tuesday he's often struggled to capture so far this year - groups like men, young voters and the middle class. Voters cited him as the candidate most likely to understand average Americans' problems.

Although he pulled a respectable 33% among voters who strongly support the tea party, according to early exit polls, that showing pales in comparison to the 46% captured by Newt Gingrich. The 7% of voters whose most important issue this year was abortion overwhelmingly backed Gingrich over Romney, 44% to 24%. So did voters looking for a true conservative: they picked Gingrich over Romney by a greater than 4-to-1 margin.

In other words: the exit polls suggest the party's most conservative voters still haven't warned to Romney just yet. But there are signs of movement: voters who believe abortion should be illegal backed both men in equal numbers. Evangelicals gave a slight 3-point edge to Gingrich - but Romney nearly closed that massive gap. And in the Panhandle - the state's most conservative region - the two men are neck-and-neck at 38%.

8:24 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: I wonder if Newt will give another attack concession speech...

8:23 p.m. ET
- @crowleyCNN: Parlor game: does MR who has had a pretty solid victory come out and blast POTUS? Or keep pounding Newt.mitt we told 1 minute from speech

8:23 p.m. ET - Gingrich took to Twitter Tuesday to encourage supporters to donate to his campaign "money bomb" to "help us defeat Obamneycare," a jab at rival Romney and President Obama.

8:20 p.m. ET
– Sixty-two percent of voters said the economy is the most important issue in the 2012 election, followed by the budget deficit at 24%, abortion at 7% and illegal immigration at 3%, according to CNN exit polling,

8:17 p.m. ET @jimacostacnn: Crowd starting to fill in at Gingrich HQ. For a while there the place was almost empty. #flprimary

8:15 p.m. ET @JohnKingCNN: This is @MittRomney margin among non evangelicals in #flprimary #cnnelections yfrog.com/es5iymyj

8:13 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Cheek to jowl in here and it's freaking hot. Paging Mitt Romney twitpic.com/8e5t3d

8:10 p.m. ET - Santorum, appearing in Las Veags Tuesday, announced he will deliver a big speech on the similarities between "Romneycare" and "Obamacare" Wednesday.

8:09 p.m. ET @EWErickson: Gingrich and Romney split evangelicals statewide. I'm interested in the evangelical split in the panhandle.

8:08 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: FL EXIT POLLS – Romney sweeps: He won all age groups, all income groups, all education groups (HS, college, postgrad, etc.)

8:07 p.m. ET
- @AriFleischer: Newt tied Romney in No. FL/panhandle, 38-38. Romney still has a southern state problem.

8:06 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: Exit polls show HUGE gender gap. Romn wins men 41-36. Romn wins women 51-29.

8:04 p.m. ET - According to CNN exit polling, Romney received 46% support followed by Gingrich's 32%, Santorum's 12% and Paul's 8%.

8:02 p.m. ET - The projected Romney wins means he will receive the 50 delegates at stake in the state, bringing his total delegates to 84, followed by 27 delegates for Gingrich, 10 for Paul and 8 for Santorum.

8:00 p.m. ET – Mitt Romney won the Florida primary, CNN projects based on exit polls and votes cast Tuesday.


7:58 p.m. ET
- @ErinBurnett: Another amazing #: #democrat #superpacs spent $2.28M on BROADCAST ads alone against #republican candidates in #florida primary #cnnelections

7:55 p.m. ET
@stevebruskCNN: Where to next? Gingrich goes to Reno overnight. Romney does AM interviews, then heads to Minnesota and later Las Vegas Wednesday. Ron Paul spends tomorrow (his 55th wedding anniversary) in Nevada, Rick Santorum holds events in Colorado after leaving NV late tonight.

7:54 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Ann Romney one of campaign's best assets - not only empathic but makes the argument for Mitt better than anyone else. #cnnelections

7:53 p.m. ET
@jimacostacnn: Adios Florida: Team Newt not spending the night in the state. On to Nevada later tonight. #flprimary

7:47 p.m. ET - Ann Romney, talking to @crowleyCNN, predicted her husband will win the Florida primary. She also said the negative tone of the campaign is "always unfortunate" and that she finds the name calling directed toward her husband "numerous" because she "knows where his values are." "What's next, a communist?" she jokingly asked.

7:31 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Emails from the Ron Paul campaign all focus on Nevada tonight.

7:30 p.m. ET - With 41% of precincts reporting, Romney leads with 50% support followed by 30% for Gingrich, 12% for Santorum and 7% for Paul.

7:21 p.m. ET
- @JohnKingCNN: W/ 21% #flprimary counted, romney beating 3 rivals combined. #cnnelections yfrog.com/ody9xjhj

7:20 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Breakdown of #flprimary electorate by income. #cnnelections yfrog.com/ockc2mdj

7:19 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Team Gingrich putting up a sign that says 46 states to go!

7:18 p.m. ET - @PaulBegala: #CNNelections Exit poll: 39% of FL GOP unhappy with field; 53% of Gingrich voters unhappy if Romney nominee. Bile, bitterness & bad blood.

7:17 p.m. ET
- @jimacostacnn: In SC, it was the theme from Rocky. Now it's "Don't you want me baby?" from the Human League. #DJNewt

7:15 p.m. ET
- @alexcast: If Romney wins FL big, next week is critical. he'll have the megaphone for a few days. needs to do and say something big. #cnnelections

7:14 p.m. ET - @sinderbrandcnn: According to CMAG/Kantar Media, which tracks political ad spending, the spots flooding Florida's airwaves since last Monday have been overwhelmingly negative. And Newt Gingrich was by far the top target: more than two-thirds of the political ads that aired in the past week were anti-Gingrich spots, while just under 1 in 4 were anti-Romney. However, almost 1 in 10 of the past week's ads were pro-Gingrich spots - while just 0.1% were pro-Romney. As in, one-tenth of a single percentage point.

But here's the thing: ads were a lot less decisive in this race than they were in South Carolina. Two-thirds of the voters there said they were an important part of that decision. Here in Florida, just 39% said campaign spots were important to their vote; 58% said they weren't.

7:12 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: Early, early voting shows Romney beating Newt & Santorum together. Keep your eye there. If that holds, big for Mitt. #CNNElections

7:11 p.m. ET - With 8% of precincts reporting, Romney leads with 52% followed by Gingrich with 25%, Santorum with 12% and Paul with 8%.

7:04 p.m. ET
- @AriFleischer: I'm also looking to see if there is a gender gap. Newt very well may have big problems with female voters.

7:03 p.m. ET - @AriFleischer: I'm watching how Romn does in No.Florida/panhandle. If Ging is close there, it's a sign of how GA, AL & MS may vote in March

7:01 p.m. ET
@PaulBegala: Lesson from FL is from the @LyleLovett song: "No finance, no romance. It's M-O-N-E-Y." Team Romney = $15M; Team Newt $3M #CNNelections

6:55 p.m. ET - Most polls in Florida close at 7 p.m. ET. However, a handful of counties in the Panhandle, in the northwestern corner of the state, are in the Central Time Zone, so polls there close 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local time).

6:50 p.m. ET - Fifty-seven percent of Tuesday's voters were satisfied with the current GOP field compared to 39% that were not, according to CNN exit polling.

6:47 p.m. ET @sinderbrandcnn: A week-and-a-half ago, two-thirds of South Carolina's GOP primary voters said debates helped decide their vote; back then, Gingrich lapped Romney among those voters by a 2-to-1 margin. And once again Tuesday, in early exit polls, two-thirds of Florida’s Republican primary voters said debates were an important factor in deciding their vote.

So could the candidate who dominated the debate stage in Florida expect the same sort of result here? The answer's not quite that simple: one x-factor in Florida is the fact that thousands of the state's voters cast ballots before the candidates faced off there this month. In other words, when voters point to debate performance, they're not necessarily talking about last week's face-offs; a big chunk of the electorate could have based their votes on nationally-televised debates from earlier-voting states like South Carolina.

6:45 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: How Camp Mitt views post Fla: more $ than Newt, on ballot everywhere (newt not in Va./Mo.)"unmatched"turnout op. Caucus states "uphill"

6:41 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Location location location. Santorum Nevada hq next to Vegas girl popcorn. Only opened 3 days ago pic.twitter.com/NkYnGpdY

6:40 p.m. ET - @David_Gergen: If they win big tonite, Romney forces will want to close down this campaign.Some want to reduce or end debates. Good or bad idea?

6:38 p.m. ET - @SamFeistCNN: The open to tonight's #CNNElections coverage: on.cnn.com/Az9aSw. Pretty much sums it all up.

6:37 p.m. ET - A solid majority, 61%, of GOP primary voters in 2008 were self-identified conservatives. Romney beat McCain among them, 37% to 29%.

6:29 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Economy by far most important to #flprimary voters 2day. #cnnelections yfrog.com/h6itjcwj

6:28 p.m. ET @jimacostacnn: Is anybody gonna drop out tonight? Classic @alexcast "Maybe the voters will give up." #flprimary

6:22 p.m. ET @alexcast: always last ad in losing gop campaign MT @EWErickson: Strangest: Newt Super PAC's big ad campaign has been hitting Romney on abortion.

6:16 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Based on the music in Gingrich HQ, the campaign is going clubbing later. #flprimary

6:12 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Strangest bit of the FL GOP Primary: The Newt Super PAC's big ad campaign has been hitting Romney on abortion.

6:11 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: Think the Romney folks ( motto:Believe in America ) are feeling good? This on sale at hdqters twitpic.com/8e4n2e

6:10 p.m. ET - Eighty-two percent of voters Tuesday identified themselves as white and 15% identified themselves as Latino, according to CNN exit polling. Those identifying themselves as black and Asian represented 1% respectively.

6:08 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: Romney outspent Newt almost 5 or 4 to 1. Did they negative ads work? Sure... But will it help Romney?

6:05 p.m. ET - Fifty percent of voters Tuesday said the debates were an important factor in their vote, according to CNN exit polling. Seventeen percent said they were the most important factor.

What is the most important quality fora candidate? Forty-five percent of those questioned said it was their ability to defeat President Barack Obama, 13% said it was whether the candidate is a true conservative, 17% said it was their strong moral character and 20% said it was whether they had the right experience, according to CNN exit polling.

5:57 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: Won't be long now til #magicwall begins to fill in w/ #flprimary results. #cnnelections. yfrog.com/eskwopmj

5:54 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: FL – COUNTY TO WATCH: Political expert Susan McManus tells me the best bellwether is Tampa's Hillsborough County. #CNNElections

5:40 p.m. ET - @LisaDCNN: FL EXIT POLLS – evangelical?: 39% said yes, 61% no.

5:39 p.m. ET – Fifty-two percent of those who voted Tuesday were men and 48% were women, according to CNN exit poll results. Thirty-four percent said they considered themselves very conservative, 37% identified themselves as somewhat conservative and 30% as moderate or liberal.

5:33 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Kantar CMAG breakdown of political ads in FL: Anti-Gingrich: 68% Anti-Romney: 23% Pro-Gingrich: 9% and Pro-Romney: less than 0.1%

4:59 p.m. ET - @alexcast: Both Romney and Obama sang this week. Romney needs the Presidency more than Obama. O can croon.

4:55 p.m. ET - While voting continues in Florida, Santorum released an ad in Nevada and Colorado Tuesday that criticizes rival Newt Gingrich by comparing his past stances to those of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama.

4:25 p.m. ET - In 2008, Sen. John McCain beat then-rival Mitt Romney in the Florida GOP primary, 36% to 31%. Rudy Giuliani received 14.7%, followed by Mike Huckabee with 13.5% and Ron Paul with 3.2%. McCain went on to capture the GOP nomination but lost Florida to Barack Obama in the 2008 general election, 51% to 48%.

4:21 p.m. ET @EWErickson: South Beach. I'll be here live till 1am for CNN. instagr.am/p/mnPti/

4:08 p.m. ET - @donnabrazile: What's on your afternoon menu? Light fare in preparation for the Florida primary results. Stay tuned to #CNN for breaking political news.

4:02 p.m. ET @crowleyCNN: Have truck will broadcast (Outside Mitt election night venue) twitpic.com/8e3dxv

3:34 p.m. ET - @deirdrewalshcnn: Santorum NV HQ – conveniently located next to a popcorn store in shopping center in Las Vegas yfrog.com/h3k7wtaj

3:30 p.m. ET
– - The Hispanic vote makes up 11.1% of registered voters in the Sunshine State, according to the most recent voter registration information.

3:20 p.m. ET - @jimacostacnn: Michael Reagan sums up the race in Florida: "There's now a 12th commandment: Forget about the 11th commandment."

3:15 p.m. ET - @mjaconicnn: As you watch our Florida primary coverage tonight, use your own magic wall on your smart phone, tablet or computer: cnn.com/calculator.

3:07 p.m. ET – - Florida is a winner-take-all state, which means the candidate who receives the most votes Tuesday captures the state's 50 delegates.

2:53 p.m. ET - @JohnKingCNN: does @Newt2012HQ @newtgingrich have a path post-Florida? follow along #magicwall and you make the call: on.cnn.com/xUc29F #cnnelections

2:21 p.m. ET - @EWErickson: Things I'm looking for tonight in FL: the margin of Romney's win (over/under 10pts) & how do panhandle evangelicals break.

2:14 p.m. ET - @wolfblitzercnn: Pacing myself. Slept well, ran 5 miles, eating healthy. I start #CNN Florida coverage 4PM ET @CNNSitRoom & stay on til midnight,

2:00 p.m. ET - How many voters participated in early voting? Read more here from @psteinhausercnn.

1:49 p.m. ET - @DanaBashCNN: Some days campaign travel is allllrrriiggghhht pic.twitter.com/jeth18AQ

1:00 p.m. ET - Florida has a closed primary, which means only registered Republicans may participate in Tuesday's GOP primary. Of Florida's 11.24 million voters, 36.2% or 4 million are registered Republicans and 40.5% of 4.55 million are registered Democrats. Over two million have no party identification.

12:58 p.m. ET - @ShanTravisCNN: You know you're in North Florida country when you see this off the road. I think I'll try some! pic.twitter.com/caWSmueg

12:51 p.m. ET - @crowleyCNN: GOP legal counsel.agreed w/Fla. GOP that winner take all. Last word til next word.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. DoNotWorry

    These two guys are zinging off each other and showing their true colors. I thought it would be Perry that got rMoney going, but it is Noot the Froot.

    January 31, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. DoNotWorry

    Have any of you considering shifting to a Third Party Candidate? The Republican Party only represents 25% of the electorate anyway. The 50% in the middle has no representation at all. How about all you RINOs? You tired of this mess yet? Vote Third Party. Note: the Green Party does not take corporate donations.

    January 31, 2012 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  3. Tom

    What happens to Santorum's delegates if he withdraws from the race?

    January 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. hman

    Running a business is not the same as running a company. CEO's fire people, raise prices and ship manufacturing overseas and reward themselves with big fat salaries and bonuses with no thought of those whom they have destroyed. Furthermore a political party that views gun ownership a "right" yet lets people go bankrupt (700,000 in 2011) or worse die because of no or inadequate health insurance by stating it goes against the 1rst Amendment is downright evil. The government forces you to buy/meet requirements all the time: You can't drive without car insurance-you're forced to buy it. You're forced to pay taxes, your forced to get a drivers licence if you want to drive. so don't tell me that universal health care is wrong. It's just the big insurance companies pulling your strings and you're too dumb to notice. Search the web yourself and see the multimillion dollar salaries these people get. One more thing who needs 5 house? Greedy people that's who. And isn't greed one of the seven sins for you bible types?

    January 31, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. hman

    How about a colony or two on Newt's head?

    January 31, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. David

    Why do the talking heads on CNN right now keep assuming that *all* Mormons in Nevada (or the rest of the country for that matter) are Republican? Or that Mormons will vote for Romney just because he's a Mormon. There are lots of Mormons who loathe Romney. It's important to remember that Mormons aren't a single voting block. There are lots of Mormons who are Democrats. Liberal Democrats and even Moderates and Independents.

    January 31, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. PTNY

    Mitten Romney is at this very moment running to put on his "Magical Pants" before he gives his speech.

    January 31, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  8. Patricia Vreeland

    CNN's headline should read..."Mitt Romney BOUGHT Florida"

    Romney is no more than a rich bully. We (especially the media) are encouraging the younger generation that negative ads and money will buy you anything...shame on all of us for allowing this to happen in America. The amount of money spent in the past couple of months could have helped so many families and children, Super Pacs are a cancer that need to be stopped.

    Also, what happened to un-bias reporting, Wolf and King you are reporters, have you forgotten?

    January 31, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  9. hman

    Let's be positive: Ron Paul came in 4th, not last.

    January 31, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. Proud Native

    Gingrich's Colony on the Moon idea is pathetic and laughable and annoying. Why on earth would you spend all that money on building infrastructure on the moon, when the infrastructure her in our country has gone into ruins due to failed government? How stupid can he be? Can you imagine if an off-the-wall nutcase like Gingrich got to be president?

    January 31, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Matt

    Is anyone going to question Barack Obama's billion dollars that he is going to use during this election ? Barack Obama is an evil liar and you know it !!!!!! I wonder if CNN will question where Obama's campaign money comes from ?????? God please help us elect a new president.

    January 31, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Only Republicans participated in this election, but Majority of (53%) republicans said no to Romney

    January 31, 2012 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. hman

    I wonder how the economy would be if Bush hadn't invaded iraq? All those billions of dollars and lives wasted. How can a reasonable person blame Obama for not cleaning up that huge mess especially when he's been fought every step of the way?

    January 31, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. T'sah From Virginia

    5 Lies already spoken by Romney in his speech thus far... And he's been only talking for 4 minutes!!!

    January 31, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Rob

    I wouldn't vote for Romney or Gingrich and I could never vote for Obama!!! We need someone else all together. We need to smoke out all these special interest bums.

    January 31, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Indie54

    Well, there is still a long road to travel!
    Divided They Stand, Divided They Fall.
    I'm old enough to remember when the South was Democrat; then the Civil Rights Act was passed and they thought they'd take over the Republican Party from the Afluent "Notherners". Well they own it now.
    The thing is YOU as a VOTER must stay focused; we're 10 (ten) months out of November.
    If you an Obama supporter, stay diligent to the cause.
    If you're Republican (Tea Party, Reaganite, Traditionalist, Moderate, or Social Conservative) you've got a few months to watch things play out. Choose WISELY.
    If you're an Independent or you're Undecided; LISTEN, CHECK what the candidates say, and VOTE!
    I

    January 31, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. T'sah From Virginia

    Romney's up to 7 LIES and counting...

    January 31, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. John

    Can't stand it any longer. ROMNEY & his cronies out spent Newt almost 6 to 1 in Florida with some of the most vile ads to date. What would you expect would be the outcome. I have no doubt that special interests & the republican establishment will in the end get what the want there guy at the top of the ticket.

    January 31, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. dennis c

    does mormon religion effect election out come

    January 31, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Paul

    President Mitt Romney. I like the sound of that!

    January 31, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  21. hman

    If Europe is as bad as Romney says, why does he have bank accounts there? Because U.S. banks go bankrupt due to Bush's deregulation of that industry.

    January 31, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Jay Mac

    If Romney has all of the answers and necessary methods to fix things in 2012, why did he not have them in 2008 when things were exceptionally bad? It is easy to have a fix when there is little needed to address a problem.

    January 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Indie54

    Mormons no, they are Christians in as much as they believe that Jesus Christ is their Savoir.
    A lot less radical than some of the different Evangalist or Pentecostal theologies and cultures.
    They are good people; just as we should be.

    January 31, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Paul
    President Mitt Romney. I like the sound of that!
    ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
    I hear ya bro! It's gooooooooooooood. I'm gonna get a case of bubbly for 11/8/2012. I have so many friends looking forward to that celebration.

    January 31, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. PTNY

    In my opinion 3 years of battle against crooked washington, and what a fight is has been, for the President to make the changes we unanimously 82% voted him into office for is not enough time when he's has been slaying dragons (Washington Elites) every single day. They will fight until the finish to keep the life they have become so comfortable in, that they will try to prevent him from doing anything. This brinbgs me to fight way harder. The necessary changes this country needs would mean Washington elites would have to give their comfy push around endless congress, insider trading lifestyle up.
    But the President will do it! Posession is 5/10th of the LAW. :)

    January 31, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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