Mitt Romney looked for a big leap ahead in his quest for the GOP presidential nomination as Florida Republicans voted Tuesday, while Newt Gingrich vowed to fight on no matter the result.
“Doing well in Florida is a pretty good indication of your prospects nationally,” Mr. Romney said Tuesday at his Florida campaign headquarters in Tampa.
Across the state, at a polling station in Orlando, Mr. Gingrich promised: “This is a long, long way from being over.”
Mr. Romney, who spent nearly $7 million on television ads in Florida and has built up a significant lead in the polls, hoped a decisive win in the state’s primary would lend an unstoppable momentum as the nomination contest soon spreads out across the country. His advisers believe that Florida may have presented the last real threat to his claim on the nomination.