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Mitt Romney has seized early control in the initial returns of the Florida primary. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Romney Leads Gingrich In First Florida Returns

With the first handful of precincts counted, Mitt Romney has jumped to an early lead in Florida’s Republican presidential primary, the biggest test so far in an increasingly negative race against Newt Gingrich.

01/31/2012

Mitt Romney remains the favorite heading into tonight's Republican primary in Florida. (credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Romney Eyes Florida Victory; Gingrich To Fight On

Mitt Romney collided with Newt Gingrich on Tuesday in the Florida primary, by far the biggest so far, in a Republican presidential race growing steadily more negative with no quick end in sight.

01/31/2012

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Only Republicans Vote Today in The Presidential Preference Primary

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Florida Republican voters will flock to the polls today to choose their party’s candidates hoping to challenge President Barack Obama in the November general election.

CBS Tampa–01/31/2012

Newt Gingrich supporters outside a polling place at First Baptist Church of Windermere on Jan. 31, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Florida GOP Voters Choosing ‘Best Of The Worst’ At Polls

While polls gave Mitt Romney strong odds to win Florida’s Republican primary, some voters said Tuesday they weren’t all that enthusiastic about their choices on the ballot.

01/31/2012

Voters leaning towards Romney new poll shows.  (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

If Gingrich Loses in Fla., Can He Come Back Again?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Can Newt Gingrich come back a third time?

CBS Tampa–01/31/2012

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Rubio: Florida Primary Winner ‘To Be Nominee Of Our Party’

Without predicting a winner or endorsing a candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told CNN on Tuesday: “The winner of Florida is in all likelihood going to be the nominee of our party.”

01/31/2012

Republician Voters go to the polls today. (Photo by G. De Cardenas/Getty Images)

Polls Open Across Most of Florida

MIAMI (AP) — While polls predicted that Mitt Romney would win Florida’s Republican primary, some voters said Tuesday they weren’t all that enthusiastic about their choices on the ballot.

CBS Tampa–01/31/2012

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Economy Weighs Heavily on Florida Working Class

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Clarito Macalalad knows what it’s like to support a family of four on a $12.08-an-hour wage. But the cook at a Disneyworld restaurant suspects that the Republican presidential candidates — and Mitt Romney in particular — don’t have any idea of what America’s working poor are going through. And, partly for that reason, Macalalad says he’ll probably vote for President Barack Obama in the fall.

CBS Tampa–01/30/2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney greets supporters after he delivered a speech ahead of the State of the Union presidential address at National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Florida, January 24, 2012. Florida will hold its Republican primary on January 31, 2012.  (Photo credit : EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Romney Says He’s Not Letting Up in Fla. Campaign

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Make no mistake: Mitt Romney isn’t taking his foot off the gas — or off Newt Gingrich’s neck.

CBS Tampa–01/30/2012

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich greets supporters as he arrives at a rally on Jan. 30, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Florida Republicans Back Away From Gingrich Over His Baggage

Newt Gingrich’s personal and political baggage is giving even the most hard-core Republicans pause in a conservative swath of the state.

01/30/2012

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