Skip to comments.Five counties key to Florida's presidential primary results
Posted on 01/31/2012 2:16:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
TAMPA Keep an eye on Florida's electoral map tonight, and you'll see that the Republican presidential primary is a tale of two Mitt Romneys.
There's 2008 Mitt Romney, who campaigned as the conservative alternative to John McCain and won big in conservative northeast Florida and southwest Florida. He lost the state by 5 percentage points after McCain overwhelmingly won more moderate southeast Florida and dominated the counties along the I-4 corridor that make up about half the electorate.
The Mitt Romney of 2012 largely eschews the social conservatism he stressed four years ago and instead focuses on his business acumen and ability to turn around the economy. Nobody calls the former Massachusetts governor the conservative alternative this year, and polls suggest he is poised to win Florida's GOP primary but dramatically redraw his electoral map of four years ago.
If he succeeds and dominates areas of the state where he was weak in 2008, Romney will be well positioned to take Florida's 29 electoral votes in November.
Diverse and vast, Florida politically is like several states in one, and winning requires appealing to a broad array of Republicans. As 67 county elections supervisors tally the votes tonight, keep an eye on five distinct counties that will best tell the tale of Florida's presidential primary:
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I recommend Newt Gingrich he has more experience with legislation and knows how and where the government in Washington has to be reduced and made efficient. He has experience reducing spending.
I recommend Newt.