Florida’s Big Prize Likely To Go To Romney

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s time has come.

The state hosts its primary Tuesday as Mitt Romney seeks to tighten his grip on the Republican presidential nomination.

Newt Gingrich reset the race by scoring an overwhelming victory in South Carolina. But in the 10 days since, the GOP contest has turned increasingly hostile. And the polls have swung decidedly in Romney’s direction.

The former Massachusetts governor enters the day as the heavy favorite in the winner-take-all primary, the final contest in a month of high-stakes elections in which Romney claimed one win and two second-place finishes so far.

The polls open at 7 a.m. across Florida, where Romney was increasingly optimistic while campaigning in recent days.

Gingrich has acknowledged that his momentum had been checked but is promising not to back down.

Source: Steve Peoples – AP