Polls: Romney Leads in Florida

    ORMOND BEACH, FL - JANUARY 22:  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, kicks off his Florida campaign with a rally at All-Star Building Materials January 22, 2012 in Ormond Beach, Florida. Romney starts his Florida primary campaigning after having lost the day before to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

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    Newt Gingrich's surge following his South Carolina victory doesn’t seem to have lasted long. According to a new CNN poll, Mitt Romney and Gingrich are essentially tied. Other polls have shifted as well. The New York Times' Nate Silver projects that Romney has a 52 percent chance of winning, compared with Gingrich’s 48 percent. The biggest shift comes form Insider Advantage, which had Gingrich leading by 8 points on Sunday—and now has Romney leading by 8. Meanwhile, Gingrich pitched another “grandiose” idea by saying that by the end of his second term, the U.S. would have a permanent base on the moon, an idea that seemed to go over well with space coast voters.

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