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Mitt Romney close to wrapping up FL, nomination before polls even open here

Florida’s Republican primary is starting to look as if it will be decided before the polls even open.

Mitt Romney has surged in a state where these factors help ensure victory: television advertising, an aggressive mail program to bank early votes, fundraising and high poll numbers.

Romney is dominating in every category. An expected strong showing in South Carolina, where the vote immediately precedes Florida’s Jan. 31 primary by 10 days, is all but certain to seal the deal for him.

Romney announced Wednesday that he’s advertising on Spanish language television — a must to win the Republican vote in the largest, and most Hispanic Republican county in Florida, Miami-Dade.

By contrast, his opponents have barely sent voters any mail.

Romney also said Wednesday he has $19 million in the bank. That’s more than his rivals and more than enough to bombard them through the airwaves in South Carolina and Florida.

At the same time, a new poll from Quinnipiac University showed Romney head-to-head with President Obama in Florida, whom he edges by a 46 percent to 43 percent spread. A majority of voters in the poll disfavor Obama’s job performance and say he deserves just one term.

The poll, though, appears to oversample Republicans relative to Democrats, a Democratic pollster noted Wednesday.

Still, Romney’s numbers stand out at a time that he’s being shellacked by Republicans and Democrats for his tenure as a venture capitalist with Bain Capital. His critics charge that he and firm made hundreds of millions of dollars buying struggling companies and firing workers. He headed the firm from its founding in 1984 until 1999.

“We’ve understood for a long time that the Obama people would come after free enterprise,” Romney told reporters, Politico reported. He said he was “a little surprised to see Newt Gingrich as the first witness for the prosecution, but I don’t think that’s going to hurt my efforts.”

Gingrich appeared to back off the attack late in the day.

In the GOP primary in Florida, Gingrich is second to Romney, trailing the former Massachusetts governor by 10 percentage points. Rick Santorum is a distant third. Rick Perry’s in single digits.

While Romney leads, Florida Republicans are already voting.

Of the 425,000 absentee ballots requested, more than 84,000 Republicans had cast them by mail. That’s nearly 70 percent of the Iowa caucus electorate. Romney has contacted most of those voters with at least one mailer. The other candidates have been largely silent.

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ROBERT DAVIS

ROMNEY WILL DRAFT MARCO RUBIO TO BE HIS VICE PRESIDENT AND THOSE TWO WILL SWEEP AMERICA INCLUDING CALIFORNIA!!! FINALLY WE WILL BE RID OF THE INCOMPETENT AND TOTALLY INEPT OBAMA. WORSE THAN JIMMY CARTER!

Terri

Robert,
From your lips to God's ears!

Mustang Bobby

Anybody who voted for George W. Bush has no grounds to set the standards for "incompetence" for anyone else.

Matthew PEtre

Ron Paul 2012 - the Revolution will be televised!

Brandon

Romney supporters better watch this before voting for him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2h8ujX6T0A

William Workman

Interesting, this article mentions the Quinnipiac poll which showed Romney with a head-to-head lead over President Obama in Florida. They failed to mention that the same exact poll showed Ron Paul also beat Obama by the same amount in Florida. This poll also showed every other Republican candidate losing to Obama!

As I am typing this, I'm watching Bill Hammer on Fox News Interview Scott Rasmussen. They are showing polls of who has "Best Chance" to beat Obama. Romney is way out in front. They are showing how Ron Paul is DEAD LAST. No one talks about or compares what they are showing you with real polls. What they are actually showing is a poll of Republican voters answering the question "Who do you THINK has the best/worst chance of beating Obama". You will see this over and over, reinforcing the very bold lie. Why? Because this one question will determine how a huge portion of Republicans will vote. Just knowing the truth on this one question would add at least 10 percentage points to Ron Paul's poll numbers. Shame on you Fox News!

SYoung

Anybody that wants to raise taxes on corporations are complete idiots. That would be so smart to send more jobs over seas beacause taxes are so high for them. Thanks, but not thanks idiots. Vote for Romney, I would like to have my job in the good old USA!

Silvia Marquis

Anything goes to make a dollar is NOT Capitalism. Under your strict definition drug dealers are Capitalists like Mitt Romney.The drug dealer or corporate raider are both wrong. Gov. Perry and Newt Gingrich have a right and obligation to attack these forms of Capitalism. The business venture was three separate parameters is it moral, ethical, or legal. The drug dealer is immoral and illegal. Mitt Romney is immoral and unethical. Decent people loath, despise, and hate both of these Capitalist. Mitt Romney Is trying to count jobs of companies that managed to burn the leech (Bain Capital) off and survived. Mitt Romney has cost thousands jobs and creditors from his sucked dry bankrupted companies. Mitt Romney is not and NEVER was in business to create jobs and never will be. Mitt Romney wants to make money and any human cost incurred is inconsequential. To the point Mitt Romney's claims of job creation are simply not true because he never created any net jobs here. Mitt Romney out sourced jobs to China and Mexico. Mitt Romney has cost US jobs. Mitt Romney is a proven Liar that is the definition of what a flip-flopper is.

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/35ob97/


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-aeD1HXjaY


Silvia Marquis

Crunch time is here conservatives need to get behind Newt Gingrich. I am surprised Santorum has not thrown already his weight behind Newt Gingrich Santorum situation is hopeless in Florida. Santorum will only guarantee a Mitt Romney victory in Florida. Mr. Santorum you never have a chance against Mitt Romney's money. If you let Newt Gingrich take on Mitt Romney on a equal footing in Florida you would stand a much later. Who would you rather pick the next 2 supreme court justices Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-aeD1HXjaY

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