Gingrich: Race Far From Over

    Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during an event at Aloma Baptist Church, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Winter Park, Fla. Romney and Gingrich square off over immigration and other issues as they look to woo Hispanics a day after a feisty, final debate before Tuesday’s Florida primary. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

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    Newt Gingrich declared Tuesday that the presidential race is “a long way from being over,” despite his facing the increasing likelihood that he could lose Florida’s winner-take-all primary. “I’d say June or July, unless Romney drops out earlier,” he said while campaigning near Orlando. The 50 delegates up for grabs Tuesday represent more than all of the previous contests combined did—and because the state lets only Republicans vote, the independent factor is out of play. Thirty-six percent of Florida’s voters had already cast their ballots through early voting, according to a poll by the American Research Group. Fifty-one percent of early voters backed Mitt Romney, while only 29 percent voted for Gingrich—meaning that Gingrich would have to get 51 percent of all votes cast Tuesday just to tie Romney.

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