The Campaign Spot

Mitt Romney, the ‘Somewhat Conservative’ Choice

At this hour, Mitt Romney is winning the Florida primary with 46 percent of the vote, with 86 percent of precincts reporting.

“Newtrick Peringrichum” may be no more, but if you genetically splice the three remaining Romney rivals into “Newtron Paulingrum,” Romney will have a tough road ahead.

I have a long wrap-up of what we learned in Florida going up tomorrow, as well as a shorter item questioning whether Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina are turning into the preseason football of presidential politics: too unreflective of the contests to come to assess a competitor’s particular skill and tenacity.

One other observation for the evening: Among Florida Republican primary voters who describe themselves as “somewhat conservative,” Romney won, 52 percent to 32 percent.

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