Will today's Florida primary determine GOP front-runner?
Mitt Romney (left) led Newt Gingrich in Florida polls ahead of Tuesday's GOP presidential primary there.
January 31st, 2012
03:29 PM ET

Will today's Florida primary determine GOP front-runner?

After one month and three contests, it may be up to Florida to finally add some clarity to the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Polls were open across Florida on Tuesday for voters who were not among the more than 632,000 who had already cast absentee or early ballots as of Monday. The winner walks away with Florida's 50 delegates - the largest haul so far in the primary and caucus calendar.

With three different winners in the three contests so far, Florida could be the state to put one of the four remaining major GOP candidates firmly into the front-runner position.

"I think the winner of Florida is in all likelihood going to be the nominee of our party," Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN Tuesday. "Florida is a mini America."

In the final Florida poll of likely GOP primary voters, released Tuesday by the American Research Group, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had a 12-point lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas far behind. The poll, conducted Sunday and Monday, has a margin of error of four percentage points.

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  1. Suze

    If Romney is all they have to offer then I will be voting for Obama. I almost trust him but Romney no way. Why on earth would a man as wealthy as he wish to be president? Scares me to think about it.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark L.

    ROFLMAO !!!! So Newt Gingrich wants to build a new US Base on the Moon?? LMAO...Yeah, okay, I would approve this under one condition – We send Newt Gingrich to be the Commander in Chief of this new US Base on the Moon...What a MORON !!!! LMAO...

    January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry G.

    A voter walked into a polling booth and thought, should I vote for a guy who is a corporate raider, who hides his money in off-shore bank accounts, or one who took almost two million dollars to lobby for a housing lender, which virtually caused the housing market to collapse, and who was fined for unethical activity?

    The voter paused and thought, maybe it’s time to move out of the country.

    January 31, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    No matter what the outcome, these two stand exposed. No presidential material there. Ron Paul stood out in every debate as the lone voice of sanity but powers that be have made sure that he doesn't get the attention he deserves.

    I would probably be voting for President Obama in the current scenario.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. noemi

    I think all the Latinos need to send romney a chocolate pie. as far as the so called polls they take those are a joke. poll 200 ppl if they like mittens all they need on any given poll is 30-40 votes. and that in it self doesn't say much for mittens. all it says that 40 ppl took the time out of there busy day and marked in his name. I personally don't trust him as far as an elephant would be able to toss him. that doesn't say much.he's a bigot two faced snake in the grass.latinos we know were smart DON'T vote for this person.

    January 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 4158

    where is ron paul???? the media is blacking him out right as the gop is getting heated up. all of the other candidates suck ron paul should be the one going up against nobama.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christian

    I think the point being missed is that neither one of these guys can win unless Ron Paul steps down and his followers shift over to the GOP pick in the general election, but I don't think that either of those things will happen because the. Even if Ron Paul does not get the GOP he will go independant and stay in the race to the end, and so will his voters, so it just seems dangerous if the GOP wants the white house to continue their current strategy.

    January 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christian

    There is something to be said about proof reading

    January 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy ©

    Notice they mention three candidates but only show pix of two?
    Surely they can find a pic of Ron Paul!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. citizen

    Come on cnn.
    Post it. It's the truth.
    Romneys agenda and world view are set by religion. Dig into that story you won't post.
    It's true.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hope

    lwe;re in deep trouble!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizen

    Try this a different way.
    Mormons believe these are end times. Thus the name " latter day saints ".

    January 31, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. citizen

    So far so good.
    They believe the last chapter before the return of a redeemer includes electing a Mormon president.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patty60

    The media do a shoddy job of covering events. Yes, Florida has a horrendous unemployment problem, but the media are not reporting that Florida depends very heavily on travel/tourism. The entire world is in a bad economy and people are not travelling to Florida. It is so much easier to blame President Obama.

    January 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizen

    Ok fine
    So be it
    Can't post
    But that's extremely disengenuise to post some but not all.
    Unfairly reduces the context.

    January 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
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