Will Florida determine a GOP front-runner?
January 31st, 2012
07:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Will Florida determine a GOP front-runner?

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - After one month and three contests, it may be up to Florida to finally add some clarity to the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

With three different winners in the three contests so far, Florida could finally be the state to put one of the four remaining major GOP candidates firmly into the front-runner position.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum • Ron Paul
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. jond.

    Did you just ask the same question you asked before the voting in S. Carolina? but wait its a good marketing gimmick! now the super-pacs will even spend more in the fourth estate empire!

    January 31, 2012 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After spending $16 million on negative campaigning in Florida, the Massachusetts of the south, it will be interesting to see if Mittens gets over 40% of the republican vote. If over 60% of Florida republicans reject him, he could be in serious trouble when the red states results come in on super Tuesday.

    January 31, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Both candidates are running around Florida scaring people with their blatant lies. And NOT ONE person in the media will contradict them. WHY?

    January 31, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  4. Anthony

    Romney will be the front-runner, yes. But he should not become full of himself. He is ridiculing Gingrich before the Florida primary. This is not a wise thing to do for someone who is perceived as arrogant and out of touch. Other than being elected Massachusetts governor for one term, what other elective office has Romney won?

    January 31, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  5. diridi

    front-runner is Romney, but will lose in general election for various reasons. Obama2012.

    January 31, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. Bundabar

    Will Florida determine a front-runner? No, the media decided long ago that they want Mitt Romney, the poster boy for the rich, white, and entitled, to go up against Dear Leader Obama in November. That way they can ensure that corporate money continues to buy political influence.

    January 31, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Florida "determines" nothing except who has the most votes afterwards. This media and political insider-driven manure about what is "determined" is part of the political theater that really is all about manufacturing consent, not about good government.

    January 31, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  8. SafeJourney

    NO, just more bs from the GOP/TP

    January 31, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Obviously if Mittens wins, he's out in front. After this however many primaries have their delegates proportionally distributed, meaning Mittens is stuck in this gutter-show for a while longer. Once Santorum drops out (after today I suspect), he either endorses the philanderer or shows himself to be a big fake as he has railed against Mittens' social issue stances on a daily basis as not being conservative. As bad as he is, at least the Newter shares more of his Talibanesque ideals

    January 31, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  10. ST

    Does it really make any sense being a front-runner without having full support??? Will it be the front-runner of mega dollars or what? Personally and from PACs?

    January 31, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. Larry in Houston

    @Mr. Paul Steinhauser – Think about it for a minute – To answer your question, Florida will Not determine this. Why ? Well, back in the 50's / 60's / 70's / & 80's – The election process for the President of the U.S. Was completely different. Back at that time, whomever won Iowa / typically went on to win N.H. then S.C. Then it sort of "snowballed" – because once you get one or two people who wins these states – at That time,(back then) typically after whomever won Florida, after it was on the news back then, they called it "momentum" Now Days – with the internet / face book / twitter / and other social media outlets – The People in this Country are thinking for theirselves, for a change – that's why you've got 3 different winners in 3 different states – ( it never used to be that way) So -That's why the Newter is going all the way to the convention, he most likely knows that he can lose several states, as long as he's got the delegates, and don't forget, the bottom line is : 270 – is what they've got to have – to win. Then add to the fact that the newter already knows he's got backing from Adelson / (possibly Trump) & not to mention Perry's Friends, since Perry has already "endorsed" the newter. I will be surprised if you actually print this. Because there is a lot of truth to this post, and you already know it.

    Larry in Houston

    January 31, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Peace

    I rarely agree with Sarah Palin, but this time I have to admit that I am on her side. She has said that the media will tell us what they have decided that we should hear. Was it not before S. Carolina went to vote, they insisted that for years and years it has been a state which has chosen who will be the nominee. Now that narration has been trashed. Can they explain us why???????

    January 31, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. RealPolitics

    Romeny has nothing but lies to cover up his lack of honesty and conservatism, Newt has the knowledge but no conservatism, Honesty+Conservatism=Santorum. Vote for Rick Santorum.

    January 31, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    There will be more people voting today than have in the past three events combined. It is almost a foregone conclusion that coming in 3rd or 4th is useless. Depending on how close the vote is, a 2nd place showing will still do good, even in this winner-take-all race, as it shows that candidate has staying power and could influence more money coming his way.
    I wouldn't say that Florida makes the whole nomination a done deal, especially as at least three of the candidates are running because of their egos, even though they know they have almost no chance of getting the nomination as long as Mitt stays in the race.

    January 31, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |