Done Deal?

01.31.12

Daily Beast Contributors Weigh In on Mitt Romney’s Florida Win

Romney ran away with the Sunshine State, but did he clinch the nomination? Daily Beast contributors weigh in on Romney’s convincing Florida primary victory.

Florida Primary: Why Liberals Should Cheer for Newt Gingrich
by Michelle Goldberg

Gingrich may have lost Florida, but he’s souring voters on Romney and wreaking havoc on Mitt’s support among independents. What more could a Democrat want?

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Mitt Romney Romps to Victory in the Florida Primary
by Howard Kurtz

A huge victory cements the ex-governor’s path to the GOP nomination. Howard Kurtz on whether a wounded Gingrich can stay in the hunt.

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Romney’s Long Battle Ahead
by Andrew Romano

Sure, Mitt Romney just had a huge win in Florida—but his favorability ratings have been sinking miserably since the New Year. Andrew Romano on why the GOP’s long primary race in 2012 won’t mirror the Dems’ in 2008.


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What Are These Guys Arguing About?
by Michael Medved

Putting their personal differences aside, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich hold shockingly similar positions on the key issues. Michael Medved looks at the small differences that came to define Florida’s nasty campaign.

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Florida Primary Shows It’s Over With Mitt the Victor Over Newt
by Michael Tomasky

If Newt says he’ll go on, then he’ll go on. For a while. But eventually, this is going to get embarrassing—and he will drop out, sooner rather than later, says Michael Tomasky.

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Gingrich Knows it's Over
by David Frum

I can't remember when I've ever seen seen a less gracious concession speech than Newt Gingrich's tonight. On the other hand, few concession speeches have been more definitive. That was not the speech of a man who sees a path to victory. With its elaborate fantasy of what he'd do in his first 24 hours as president, it was rather a farewell to Gingrich's last hopes of the presidency.

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Thank Romney and His Florida Primary Win for Saving Us From Gingrich
by Peter Beinart

The weeks since Iowa have delivered us Gingrich in all his erratic, bigoted megalomaniacal glory—and thrown Romney’s competence and honorability into high relief. Florida voters chose the better man, says Peter Beinart.

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Newt’s Florida Choke
by Andrew Sullivan

Newt lost it by flubbing the debates. When you're out-gunned 5 - 1 on television, you have to pwn your opponent in the debates. Gingrich choked—and it was particularly striking given his sterling demagoguery in South Carolina. Tonight, Newt gave the kind of speech he needs to redefine and re-energize his campaign. I think they all go on through Super Tuesday.

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Despite Mitt Romney’s Big Florida Win, the GOP Race Is Not Over
by John Avlon

Romney is being portrayed as having locked up the Republican nomination with his Florida victory, but he’s a long way from the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch, and voters in other states deserve to be heard.

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Newt Gingrich’s Reality Distortion Ignores Florida Drubbing
by Lloyd Grove

The ex-speaker delivered a fiery and deluded speech at a defeat party where he laid out how he would turn the country into a GOP paradise when he replaces Obama in January.

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Florida Primary: Mitt Romney’s Gender Gap
by Lois Romano

Newt’s adulterous history may have caught up with him in Florida, as women sided with Romney by a large margin. The making of Mitt’s margin.

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Money Changed Everything for Mitt Romney in Florida Primary
by Paul Begala

It was money that won the primary for Mitt, but it didn’t make voters like him—and it won’t make the GOP rank-and-file show up to the polls in November, says Paul Begala.

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Florida Primary: Rick Santorum’s Daughter’s Illness
by Michelle Cottle

Undaunted by his weak showing in Florida, the ex-senator steamed on to Nevada. How his daughter’s illness drives him on.

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Gallery: Newt Hits the Sunshine State

He may have lost by double digits in Florida, but Newt Gingrich has vowed to carry-on his campaign until the convention. Since his upset over Mitt Romney in the South Carolina primary, the former Speaker of the House has been criss-crossing the Sunshine State, campaigning in full force. Photographer Charles Ommanney, on assignment for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, follows the erstwhile frontrunner.

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