Polls in the Florida panhandle are open until 8:00 PM ET, but they closed in the rest of the state at 7:00 PM and results are already coming in. It’s about 7:34 and Fox News is reporting that with 41% of precincts reporting Mitt Romney is ahead with 50%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 30%, Rick Santorum at 12% and Ron Paul at 8%. It’s still early, so check back in for updates. I’m thinking the race will probably be called for Romney shortly after all of the polls are closed at 8:00 PM.
Update: Fox News called it for Romney about a second after the polls were all closed at 8:00. With 62% of precincts reporting, Romney has 47%, Gingrich is at 31%, Santorum has 13% and Paul has 7%. They’re saying one of the biggest issues for Romney voters was the economy. He was also more popular with women and hispanics than Gingrich. Florida does not award its delegate proportionally, so they will all go to Romney.
Mitt Romney has won the Florida Republican presidential primary, Fox News projects.
The victory, in the GOP contest’s biggest state to date, is likely to give the former Massachusetts governor a burst of momentum as he and Newt Gingrich battle for the lead in what has become an increasingly negative race.
With 51 percent of precincts reporting, Romney is leading with 48 percent. Gingrich has 31 percent, followed by Rick Santorum with 13 percent and Ron Paul with 7 percent. (Read More)
Update: What’s up with memeorandum? They go from linking here for weeks on end, only to stop out of nowhere. If anyone figures it out, please let me know.