Romney wins Florida Republican GOP primary
NBC NATIONAL NEWS —
It's the biggest primary win so far.
Mitt Romney celebrated in Tampa, site of the Republican convention, and showed off how he'd take on Barack Obama if he's the nominee.
Romney exclaimed, "Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow and now it's time for you to get out of the way!"
Just 10 days ago, Romney badly lost the South Carolina primary to Newt Gingrich. He came to Florida to fight the former speaker, and did, in two debates and 3,200 television ads, almost all attacking Gingrich.
As they voted today, many Floridians questioned Gingrich's character.
He lost big - by fourteen points - but Gingrich signs tonight read ‘46 states to go’.
"We are going to contest every place and we are going to win,” said Gingrich. “We will be in Tampa as the nominee in August!"
Rick Santorum says Gingrich blew his chance. Santorum's staying in, and Ron Paul is as well.
"Our opponents in the other party are watching and like to think a competitive primary leaves us divided and weak,” stated Romney. “But I've got news for you: a competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us and we will win."
Florida delegates aren't divided. Romney wins all 50.
There's a month long break until the next big state primaries, which gives candidates time to regroup and refinance, if they can.