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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     dpkronmiller shared these thoughts on the results of last night's Florida GOP primary, which saw a decisive victory by Mitt Romney. He also notes that '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.'
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    Mitt Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts, has won the Florida Primary beating Newt Gingrich by 12 to 15 points depending on how the final tallies pan out. A clear victory for Romney however there are a few caution flags to pay attention to. 52% of Floridians did NOT vote for Mitt Romney, showing that he is still a divisive figure in his party. Also the population of Florida is decidedly older than the rest of the country with a majority of residence over 50 years of age – so this is more a marker on how Republicans over 50 might vote in a general election - important but it is only one factor in the national election. Also, and this may be the most important thing, Barack Obama, in a BNBC/Marist poll taken between the 25th and the 27th, beats Mitt Romney in Florida by 8 points. This is a turn around from other polls taken before that period where Romney either tied the President or beat him by up to 5 points. This may mean that as Florida general election voters got to see Mitt Romney up close they decided to swing back to Obama – which brings into doubt Romney’s competitiveness in the general election.
    Mitt needs to do better.

    More on Romney's electability problem at my blog at:

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