McCain beats Romney in Florida

by thoughtfulconservative

From Yahoo! News

Returns from 64 percent of the state’s precincts showed McCain, the Arizona senator, with 36 percent of the vote and Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, with 31 percent.

That percentage will probably hold about the same when all returns are in. As winner, McCain gets all 57 of the delegates at stake.

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic side but will get no delegates (so far) because Florida, as well as Michigan, which Clinton also won, are being penalized by the DNC for having their contests early.

McCain won among moderates (moderate Republicans? Is there such a thing?), veterans, those concerned about the economy, Hispanics and senior citizens. Romney won among conservatives, including social conservatives, it may be presumed from the abortion question, and those opposed to easier route for those here illegally.

For those interested, evangelicals were split between Huckabee, McCain, and Romney.

Speculation is rampant that Giuliani will drop out and endorse McCain (link via Letters in Bottles).

One could question Rudy’s strategy. Certainly, in my view, tactical mistakes have been made by Romney, Huckabee, Fred Thompson and Giuliani in not contesting certain races. McCain has been in them all.

2 Comments to “McCain beats Romney in Florida”

  1. Romney had the chance to beat McCain in the last 6 primaries. He didn’t do it and he has now proven he can’t do it. The only thing he is achieving is alienating the grassroot republican activists with his checkbook. Romney should follow the example of Fred and Rudy and quickly move to the exit. Huckabee is the only candidate that can beat McCain on Supertuesday.

  2. No, I think Romney represents the only possible threat to McCain’s predominance.

    Huckabee stands to do well in Bible Belt states – Missouri swinging down through Georgia – but he’s hurting financially and the little rhetorical flourishes show he’s in this largely to keep the religious vote from going to Romney outright, thereby assisting McCain.

    Huckabee also doesn’t stand to do well in the northeast or California, key sources of Super Duper Tuesday votes.

    I think he’s aiming for a spot in a McCain administration or on the McCain ticket. And a McCain offer to retire his debt.

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