Romney wins Florida primary
Gov. Mitt Romney defeated Newt Gingrich by 14 points to win the Florida Republican primary last night, rebounding from his embarrassing double-digit loss in South Carolina 10 days ago.
But with Gingrich vowing to “contest every place” and Romney’s frontrunner status less certain after losses in Iowa and South Carolina, Romney conceded that “primary contests are not easy.”
“A competitive primary does not divide us; it prepares us and we will win [the general election],” said Romney as he tried to put a positive spin on the increasingly rancorous Republican contest.
The next stop will be the Nevada caucus on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Results of the Florida Republican primary held on Jan. 31, 2012:
- Mitt Romney – 775,014 votes or 46.42%
- Newt Gingrich – 533,117 votes or 31.93%
- Rick Santorum – 222,798 votes or 13.34%
- Ron Paul – 117,105 votes or 7.01%
- Florida Department of State, Division of Elections: Results of the 2012 Florida Republican primary
- MittRomney.com: Mitt Romney delivers remarks in Tampa, Florida
- C-Span.org: Video of Mitt Romney’s remarks after winning the Florida primary
- Newt.org: Newt Gingrich: 46 more states to go
- C-Span.org: Video of New Gingrich’s remarks after losing the Florida primary
- C-Span.org: Video of Rick Santorum’s remarks after placing third in Florida
- C-Span.org: Video of Ron Paul’s remarks after coming in fourth in Florida