Florida GOP Cosmic Rationale…Pressure

Just about every poll going into the Saturday showdown in South Carolina predicted the unthinkable. Only a week ago, Romney was eyeing the Trifecta, the natural Hatrick, and a sweep towards his path to run for the White House. It was unprecedented, and it still is.

Instead, it is the first time a different candidate won in these first three contests.

As the candidates make their way south to Florida, Mitt can only be left to wonder, wha, wha, wha, what happened? With the Santorum’s overtime victory in Iowa, coupled with a Romney collapse and big assist from Gingrich in S.C., Mitt’s left with a win on his home turf in New Hampshire.

In the span of a week his inevitability was ‘Gone with the Wind’. Mitt was obliterated by a margin of 12 percentage points. Voter turnout reached nearly 600,000; annihilating the previous mark set in the 2000 Primary.

Here the Delegate breakdown in case you’re scoring at home. At the end of 3 full innings of play; Romney 31;Gingrich 26; Paul 10 and Santorum 8. The magic number is 1144 delegates to clinch the nominee.

January 23, 2012

9pm ET on NBC

Location: University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Sponsor: The Tampa Bay Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100
Participants: TBD

January 26, 2012

Air time TBD on CNN

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Sponsor: CNN, CNN en Español, The Hispanic Leadership Network and The Republican Party of Florida
Participants: TBD

The Florida primary will be on January 31st, 2012.

Mr. Romney’s handlers are cautioning against the possibility of a late scratch for the Monday Debate @ the University of South Florida, but that has yet to be confirmed. Hold on to your tickets folks.

This upcoming Florida Primary is for 50 Delegates, and is a winner takes all affair. In other words, they will work out the details. It would be suicidal for Romney not to show, due to a disagreement regarding the debate rules.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

In a stunning reversal last night in jacksonville,Florida, Mitt took off the gloves delivering a steady beating to Newt. This was his best performance to date and may make for a grusome battle going forward. Stay tuned, its just getting warmed up. Thanks for checkin in Cred2.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Well, It seems like Romney needs to not take anything for granted at this point. Florida will be a telling contest as it made well be the model for how the candidates will do across the country. It appears that Mitt's anticipated coronation is a bit premature? Don't you just love politics....Greetings to you all, Cred2

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Please bear with me Glosei, while I attempt to explain my perception of the unknown! Thanks for checking in, looking forward to your input.

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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

It certainly will, but please bear with me as I really can't comment on nothing I know about.


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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author


I would imagine they must go all out to counter the negative ads and skeletons in their closets. I hope this source of info keeps you in my little loop.

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Gloshei 5 years ago from France

Interesting hub gjfaclone, we see bits of it over here on sky. They certainly go all out don't they it must cost a fortune. Being an outsider so to speak it takes a bit of getting used to. To me they look as though they love the showman-ship, I guess it's the only time you see the family together.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments michele,

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Hello Man with no pants, well many politicians put money where their mouth is ( or in their wallet). They also have a puppet master, who puts money in their mouth. None have a lack of money, so which one is telling us the the most truthful truth? Ok, I know this has nothing to do with football, I am small and haven't played football. These are just a few of the things I have been thinking about.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Well said FJ

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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Yup, Yup ... Romney as the dodger (just watch him answer a debate question), and Ron Paul being the recipient of protest votes.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Hello my good friend from the Great State of Virginia,

Thanks for checking in,

You know full well I'm aware of the limited ballot in your state.

What kind of protest vote are you referring. Ron Paul protest vote?

The dodger, I hadn't heard that reference, as in the Artful Dodger?

Take care, as always a pleasure, regards to you & yours.

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FitnezzJim 5 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

If you're keeping tally, you might want to consider that the winner of the Virginia Primary that occurs in March on Super Tuesday has already been called by at least one on-line author. Only two candidates are on the ballot, Romney and Paul, and the contest is being predicted to go to Romney. Virginia has 49 delegates total, with 46 up for selection at the primary. Even the worst outcome predicted has 40 of those delegates being obligated to Romney.

The dodger has a rather well-oiled political machine behind him, and it is leaving Virginians thinking the only vote they have is one of protest with respect to the process.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona Author

Thanks for your comments Jim,

I believe that glazed over look of which you so aptly describe comes from his many years as 'a man of the streets'. Just one of many occasions Mitt's tongue has tripped over his wallet. Take care, be well.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Good analysis my friend. I played a lot of football, and I relate a lot of things to the game of football. I believe that momentum wins games, and the lack of momentum loses games. As you know, I wish that the field of Republican candidates could be a little better. But having said that, and while keeping an open mind, or trying to, I started putting my chips on Gingrich, after Rick Perry, apparently suffered a stroke early on. Romney can't take a punch, and with the exception of Paul, the other candidates just looked too small. Hey, a little off subject, but did you ever check out Romney's eyes? The dude doesn't appear to be alive. I almost think there's a puppeteer in the background somewhere. (Sorry to any Mitt fans. I should leave personal observations out of it)

It's interesting to hear all the pundits talk about newts lack of organization and lack of money. I don't think they played much football, but we shall see.

I want to thank you for the hard work you put into writing good quality work. You don't put out junk, and I appreciate that.


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