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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
Location: University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida
Sponsor: The Tampa Bay Times, NBC News, the National Journal and the Florida Council of 100
January 26, 2012
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Sponsor: CNN, CNN en Español, The Hispanic Leadership Network and The Republican Party of Florida
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.