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Last night, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney earned a commanding victory in the Florida GOP primary vote, solidifying his position as frontrunner in the continuing battle for the Republican presidential nomination.
Politically minded iReporters tuned in, and shared their thoughts on the tightening race. Though most agreed that the night was a big win for Romney, some thought the primary was as much a rejection of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as an embrace of Romney. Others noted that Romney owed his victory to the money his campaign poured into the state, which far outstripped any of his opponents' spending.
W.J. O'Reilly of Alexandria, Virginia, believes that Romney's big win over Gingrich was as much a referendum on Gingrich's character as it was a testament to Romney's campaigning skills.
"Gingrich criticized Romney as 'the moderate Governor from Massachusetts,' and as such, there can be no surprise about yesterday's victory in the more moderate Florida demographic," he said. "Therefore, Romney's victory yesterday was a win for the more moderate candidate and, with significant female abandonment of Gingrich, a vote against cheatin' men, you might say."
Adriana Maxwell of Atlanta, Georgia, said that Romney's superior organizing skills won the night for him. "Between PAC money and the fact that Romney has a better organization then Gingrich in Florida, at least that strategy worked," she said. "Romney received all 50 [Florida] delegates. We'll see if it works in the other 46 states."
Kingwood, Texas, iReporter Egberto Willies said that he wasn't surprised by Gingrich's precipitous decline and defeat in Florida, or that Romney won the contest after outspending Gingrich 5-to-1. "Gingrich was carpet-bombed by both Romney and Romney SuperPACs," he said.
"Ironically, Gingrich championed the Citizens United case and all 'money is free speech' actions, and is now suffering the consequences of said actions. President Obama was criticized when at the previous State of the Union he chastised the Supreme Court judges for their decision. This is poetic justice and vindication."
And David P. Kronmiller of Burbank, California, believes that Romney's big victory in Florida may actually backfire on him, owing to the disproportionately negative tone of the campaign in that state. "In a recent poll, Obama beats Mitt in Florida by 8 points and is up over Romney nationally by 5. The Florida shift in Obama's favor happened last week, while Mitt went negative," he said.
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One would think that Gingrich had won Florida as he spoke (last night)as though he was moving into the Whitehouse anytime soon! He is so full of himself and would abandon the two party system if need be, to win the Whitehouse. Watch him run as an independant if he starts loosing. He is determined to win and nothing is going to stop him - someone will pay if he doesn't win.
Whatabout Ron Paul, he's there too!!!!
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If we actually had fair and balanced coverage of the candidates by all main stream media. I think Ron Paul would be doing better. I mean come on Mitt spend what 15 million to Newts 3 million and Ron and Rick spent none. And Mitt still didn't break 50%.
Why did Erin Burnett have to take a job making that commercial for Kellogg's Crunchy Nut cereal?
It seems beneath her.