Romney and Gingrich continue to lob barbs as Florida primary nears

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 6:24pm

Mitt Romney has turned around the race in Florida. Over four days, from Monday night's debate to last night's, Romney regained the lead in Florida polls.

Gingrich is still the national GOP frontrunner in Friday's NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll
with 37-percent to Romney's 28-percent.

Unfortunately, he got bad news on electability in a head to head matchup with President Obama.

Gingrich is polling 18 points behind the president.

Romney is only six points back.

If Gingrich is the nominee, NBC pollster Peter Hart predicts a Republican rout, like 1964's when ultra conservative Republican nominee Barry Goldwater won just six states.

"Gingrich is Goldwater, and he doesn't only take down himself. He takes down the whole flotilla," Hart predicts. "And essentially in the end of the day, the public just doesn't trust him. And that's the difficulty."

To try to stop Gingrich, 2008 nominee John McCain went to Florida, mocking newt's call for a lunar colony.

"Send Newt Gingrich to the moon and Mitt Romney to the White House," McCain told voters.

Winning Florida would be a big step for Romney, but the race is so volatile it could change again by Tuesday.

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