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Romney is ahead, likely to win Florida

If Newt Gingrich wins the the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday, he would hurt Mitt Romney’s chances considerably. If he loses, it’s obituaries for his campaign.

world Updated: Jan 31, 2012 23:34 IST
HT correspondent

If Newt Gingrich wins the the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday, he would hurt Mitt Romney’s chances considerably. If he loses, it’s obituaries for his campaign.

The latter outcome seems more likely. Romney is leading in all polls and looks set to win Florida. He needs the state to reg­ain his crown as the frontrunner.

The former Massachusetts governor has won only one of the three primaries so far — Ne­w Hampshire. Rick Sant­orum won the first, Iowa, and Gingrich picked up South Carolina.

Romney entered each of those contests as the frontrunner and left with mixed results. Florida was different — Ging­ri­ch came as the frontrunner, ri­ding his sweep of South Carolina. The former US house of representative speaker then quickly conceded the advantage by tanking the two debates, which have been his strength.

In the last debate, Romney turned in a surprising sharp performance walloping the speaker relentlessly. Gingrich looked stunned, contrite and defeated.

The key moment came when Gingrich repeated his allegations that Romney had profited from dealing in stocks of housing finance bodies Fannie Mac and Freddie Mae. In Gingrich loses Florida, he will find it tough to stay in the race.