Commenters not surprisingly were divided on what is ahead in Florida. A strong contingent of readers is certain that Newt Gingrich won’t win the Sunshine State’s Jan. 31 primary.
Yahright argues: “[Mitt] Romney wins Florida. South Carolina had an emotional affair with Newt, but with 10 days to get their minds right, most Floridians will not vote for Gingrich’s synthesis of Bill Clinton’s low character and Joe Biden’s gaffe machinery. However, a win in Florida doesn’t mean a lock for Romney. In this culture, Gingrich’s audacity will continue to weigh heavy on Romney’s unusual political blend of conscience and tentativeness.”
Likewise, Chuck02 writes: “I am no fan of Romney but I just can’t imagine what rationale leads someone to vote for Newt. He is at the top of the list of most embarrassing candidate ever. The man is a walking definition of unprincipled, whether personally or publicly.”
Others think Mitt Romney will win it, but that will only bring in a new challenger: “Newt Gingrich is sure death for the Republicans. Just look at his background. He left Congress after four years as Speaker with an approval rating of 15%. Mitt Romney will win Florida and appear inevitable as the candidate. However, the race will be far from over as the Party looks for an alternate to Romney. It could be Mitch Daniels who is slated to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address. Stay tuned.”
JohnInNewYork and Mario09 pick Gingrich in Florida, citing his appeal to Cuban and Jewish voters.
Well, the honest answer is that it depends — on the debates, on the force of Rick Santorum and Romney’s indictment of Gingrich, and on Gingrich’s own behavior, which in the past has taken the form of self-sabotage just when he’s reached the top of the heap. Romney has a head start in absentee and early voting ballots, but that’s a small fraction of the 2 million or so votes that will be cast. The only thing one can be certain of is that neither of the front-runners will give up after Florida.