Romney Defeats Gingrich in Florida, Looks Ahead to Obama

4 years 10 months 2 days ago January 31, 2012 Jan 31, 2012 Tuesday, January 31 2012 Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:45:37 PM CST in News
By: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney now has a Florida victory to go along with his triumph in New Hampshire. Rebounding from his defeat in South Carolina, Romney collected a little less than half the vote in the Florida primary, with Newt Gingrich getting the support of about a third of the voters.

In his victory speech, Romney unleashed a strong attack on President Barack Obama -- and said that the combative GOP primary battle would only make the party stronger for the fall. He said Obama had failed to fix the economy, and that it's now time for him to "get out of the way."

Gingrich, meanwhile, says the Florida vote shows that it's a two-man race for the nomination -- and said he would continue on in his effort to defeat Romney, describing him again as a "Massachusetts moderate."

Rick Santorum finished a distant third in Florida, followed by Ron Paul. Neither had put in a significant effort there.

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