After Capturing Florida, Romney moves on and Newt continues to Fight

Mitt Romney, in his conquest to be the Republic candidate to take on Barack Obama in the upcoming U.S presidential elections has taken Florida by storm. Florida is the biggest nominating contest and Romney enjoyed a double digit lead over his nemesis Newt Gingrich in the state-wide polls.

The financial clout backing the two candidates is a no-match. Romney is backed by “Restore our Future” or Super PAC, an independent fundraising entity. They have shelled out the big bucks in the amount of $15 Million on publicity in Florida. The other group has spent only around $4 Million.

Reuters/Ipsos online poll data indicated a 15% difference in support between the two candidates in Florida, with Romney leading with 43%.

Quite a few Republicans have expressed their disapproval of Romney’ approach, which, has been termed moderate and cautious. He is yet to set the campaign trail on fire. Gingrich, on the other hand is playing offense by asking his party men to rally around him and shun Romney, if they are to beat Obama. “If they want to beat President Obama, I believe a conservative has a much better chance,”

So when the results came out, Romney had crushed Gingrich by 14 points, as expected, it was quite a thumping. The difference in vote share is believed be around 46% according to unofficial estimates.

The Gingrich camp however put up a brave face when they put out a banner which said “46 States to go” and have also said that “people power” will defeat “money power” in the months to come.

It’s all not-so rosy for Romney, as he still trails Gingrich in certain national polls. The win in a huge state like Florida should provide the much needed fillip to his campaign.

“As this primary unfolds, our opponents in the other party have been watching and they like to comfort themselves with the thought that a competitive campaign will leave us divided and weak.” “But I’ve got some news for them. A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us.” He said

The battle will only get better from here as both parties continue to raise money and in the meanwhile have to file their reports on donors and their spending. That should provide enough fodder for both sides to spar at each other. Continue to keep tabs on this fascinating battle along with us.

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