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Poll shows 2012 presidential race close in Florida

BRENT KALLESTAD, Associated Press
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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (C) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) prior to the start of the Republican presidential debate on national security November 22, 2011.  (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (C) and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) prior to the start of the Republican presidential debate on national security November 22, 2011. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Many Americans have memories of the 2000 recount in Florida that settled the presidential election and wouldn’t want to go through that experience again.

However, a new poll by Quinnipiac University shows that President Barack Obama is looking at a tight re-election race next November whether the Republican nominee is Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney. In either case, the candidates are in a statistical tie in Quinnipiac’s survey of registered voters taken between Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

The poll shows Gingrich passing Romney among Republican voters in Florida. The former House speaker was favored by 35 percent of the 509 respondents compared to 22 percent who preferred Romney. No other Republican was in double digits. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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