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Interesting issues in Florida primary

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An hour after the polls closed on Tuesday in the western Florida panhandle (which runs on Central Standard Time), the votes were all counted. What a fantastic improvement from 12 years ago when the nation had to wait for decisions on hanging chads, investigations of election fraud, recounts, and — finally — a ruling by the Supreme Court.

In a crazy game of musical chairs following two primaries and one caucus, Mitt Romney grabbed the top seat with 46 percent of the vote and all of the state’s delegates for the Republican National Convention in August. However, as the also-rans quickly pointed out, we’re a long way from the ultimate goal. In fact, Gingrich’s new mantra became “46 States to Go.” He got 32 percent.

Then, there’s the problem of re-uniting the GOP which has been torn to shreds by the extent of negative TV advertising in the Sunshine State. According to analysis by CNN, 99 percent of Romney’s commercials and 95 percent of Gingrich’s were aimed at showing the opposition in an unfavorable light.

The counting game

Because of the pre-primary polling numbers and the winner-take-all nature of the election, Santorum and Paul pretty much sat this one out. Nevertheless, Santorum came in third, with 13 percent of the vote, and Paul garnered 7 percent...


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