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.
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.