Trouncing Newt Gingrich in yesterday’s Florida State Primary, Mitt Romney was victorious, looking more persuasive as the probable nominee to run as the Republican candidate against incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama.
Romney 3, Gingrich 1
Romney has so far defeated Gingrich in all but one of the primaries held so far, losing in the last primary which was held in South Carolina in January. Tuesday’s victory in Florida gives Romney further confirmation that he is on his way to winning his party’s nomination. This renewed confidence was discernible in Romney’s acceptance speech, which resembled more of a campaign speech for president than that of a primary victory speech.
Unity and Strength to Beat Obama
Speaking of unifying the party, the former Massachusetts governor said he is ready to “lead this party and our nation.” Romney proceeded to criticize President Obama, adding that the competitive fight among the Republican candidates “does not divide us, it prepares us” for the upcoming campaign.
"Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it's time to get out of the way," he intoned.
The returns of the votes cast in Florida show Romney winning 46% of the votes, compared to Gingrich’s 32%. Rick Santorum received 13% of votes cast, while the Texas Representative Ron Paul garnered 7%.
Gingrich has not lost the fighting spirit, vowing to continue his struggle to receive the Republican Party’s endorsement.
"We are going to contest everyplace," he said, standing in front of a sign that read "46 states to go."
"It is now clear that this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader, Newt Gingrich, and the Massachusetts moderate," Gingrich added.