(Image Source: New York Times)

 
BY ALYSSA CARTEE AND BREANA JONES
ANCHORED BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
 
 
It was another early call.

Mitt Romney took Florida by a landslide.  Newt Gingrich came in at a far second but told supporters he isn’t giving up. Before the official word even came down, ABC’s Jon Karl tweeted this picture -- Gingrich made a statement hanging a sign showing his determination.
“46 States to Go”

Many news outlets credited Romney’s attack ads against Gingrich for his Sunshine State win.  Bloomberg breaks down the numbers.

“This is turning out to be the most expensive primary or the most money spent on record, roughly 20 million dollars before it’s all said and done.”

And as Time Magazine points out -- not only was that ad blitz expensive -- it dwarfed that of the former speaker...

“The former Massachusetts governor exploited early and absentee voting, as well as a massive five-to-one TV-spending advantage to thrash Gingrich across most voting blocs.”
 
Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant who worked for Romney in 2008, told the Miami Herald the rest of the race is a formality.

“This race won’t end tonight, but it will be over. Romney will have done something no other non-incumbent Republican candidate has ever done: He really only lost 1 of the first 4 contests. That’s remarkable.”

There are still three other candidates in the race -- but analysts say someone might want to tell Romney that. The Washington Post suggests his speech was one intended for another podium.

“It was perhaps his most presidential speech he has given to date. Victory has a way of doing that for candidates.”
 
Now, all of the candidates have turned their attentions -- focusing on Nevada and Maine whose primaries are Saturday.

Romney Triumphs in Florida

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Feb 1, 2012

Romney Triumphs in Florida

(Image Source: New York Times)

 
BY ALYSSA CARTEE AND BREANA JONES
ANCHORED BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN
 
 
It was another early call.

Mitt Romney took Florida by a landslide.  Newt Gingrich came in at a far second but told supporters he isn’t giving up. Before the official word even came down, ABC’s Jon Karl tweeted this picture -- Gingrich made a statement hanging a sign showing his determination.
“46 States to Go”

Many news outlets credited Romney’s attack ads against Gingrich for his Sunshine State win.  Bloomberg breaks down the numbers.

“This is turning out to be the most expensive primary or the most money spent on record, roughly 20 million dollars before it’s all said and done.”

And as Time Magazine points out -- not only was that ad blitz expensive -- it dwarfed that of the former speaker...

“The former Massachusetts governor exploited early and absentee voting, as well as a massive five-to-one TV-spending advantage to thrash Gingrich across most voting blocs.”
 
Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant who worked for Romney in 2008, told the Miami Herald the rest of the race is a formality.

“This race won’t end tonight, but it will be over. Romney will have done something no other non-incumbent Republican candidate has ever done: He really only lost 1 of the first 4 contests. That’s remarkable.”

There are still three other candidates in the race -- but analysts say someone might want to tell Romney that. The Washington Post suggests his speech was one intended for another podium.

“It was perhaps his most presidential speech he has given to date. Victory has a way of doing that for candidates.”
 
Now, all of the candidates have turned their attentions -- focusing on Nevada and Maine whose primaries are Saturday.
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