Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Washington Post News Alert: Mitt Romney wins Florida primary

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 8:07:08 PM

Mitt Romney wins Florida primary

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the Florida primary as voting finished Tuesday evening, a victory expected to cement his status as the Republican front-runner.

Voters picked Romney over former House speaker Newt Gingrich as the best positioned to take on President Obama in November.

With just under 40 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney was leading with 78 percent of the vote, followed by Gingrich with 31 percent, Rick Santorum with 13 percent and Ron Paul with 7 percent.

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