Romney sweeps most groups in Florida vote

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Mitt Romney swept to victory in the Florida primary Tuesday night by winning nearly every income, age, religious, ideological, and ethnic group – falling short only among voters who called themselves “very conservative.”

Romney rebounds with Florida primary win

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Based on exit poll data and preliminary returns, NBC News projects that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will win Florida’s Republican primary.

Native Americans, given less time to vote for president, sue S.D.

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Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, a heavily Democratic group, are getting only six days for early voting in the presidential primary election, while the rest of the state gets 46. Their lawsuit is described in a story published Monday by 100Reporters, a new investigative reporting group .

How do we keep candidates from telling the same lies over and over?

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After a presidential debate, even before the debate has ended, we’re able now to read fact-checks from PolitiFact and many news organizations. But shouldn’t the candidates get their facts straight and tell the truth in the first place? Here are a few questions for the next debate.

Romney eyes Florida victory; Gingrich to fight on (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney laughs as he speaks with a voter at his campaign office in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, during Florida's primary election day. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)AP – Mitt Romney collided with Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in the Florida primary, by far the biggest so far, in a Republican presidential race growing steadily more negative with no quick end in sight.

Major GOP ‘super PAC’ raised $51 million in 2011 (AP)

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FILE - In this June 7, 2011 file photo shows Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson waves in Hong Kong. Get ready to find out who the millionaires are behind this year's presidential election. Now, for the first time since they started shaping the campaign in earnest, many of those 'super' political action committees are set to disclose just who is financing their pseudo-campaign operations. Many took advantage of a change in federal rules that essentially let them shield their donors' identities until after key primary elections in January. But they still must submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission by Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)AP – American Crossroads, the Republican “super” political committee that plans to play a major role in this year’s presidential campaign, raised more than $51 million along with its nonprofit arm last year, The Associated Press has learned.

Predicting Florida: What say you?

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Changed into your tee-shirt and sweats? Checked the cupboards to make sure you’re stocked up on tequila and popcorn? Got your calculator and digital pencil ready? Got the Plexiglas shield in place to keep your cat off the keyboard? Told the eye-rollers in your household that they can take a hike for the duration of the evening while you plot the course of the Republican presidential field?

Okay, then. Time for predictions. But first, a prediction from the guy who won the last primary, Newton Leroy Gingrich:

“If you watch tonight, my prediction is the conservative vote will be dramatically bigger than Governor Romney’s,” he said. “So we’ve got to find a way to consolidate conservatives, and I’m clearly the front-runner among conservatives.”

But Mr. Gingrich also predicted early returns would suggest a Romney cakewalk because of voters who cast their ballots before Mr. Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina 10 days ago.

“I can tell you now the early vote will all look very good for Romney because it’s the absentees, where he spent millions of dollars before we got here,” Mr. Gingrich said at a campaign stop later Tuesday morning.

That’s a good bet considering that the Romney team concentrated a sophisticated campaign on early voters. Just over half a million Floridians requested absentee ballots for the primary; only 200,000 did so in 2008.

So, with the polls ready to close, here’s your chance. No points for picking Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul in that order. Margins, it’s all about margins.

We’ll be liveblogging results here starting at 4 PM PT.


Florida GOP voters hurt by economy, foreclosures (AP)

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AP – Early results from an exit poll of voters in Florida’s Republican presidential primary show the pain of the weak economy and divisions over what to do about illegal immigration.

Experts say Gingrich moon base dreams not lunacy (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks with members of the media outside a polling place at the First Baptist Church of Windermere in Orlando, Fla.,Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)AP – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wants to create a lunar colony that he says could become a U.S. state. There’s his grand research plan to figure out what makes the human brain tick. And he’s warned about electromagnetic pulse attacks leaving America without electricity.

Mica: Bring your hemorrhoid cream (Politico)

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Politico – He made the reccomendation as he stumped for a new surface transportation bill.