Romney's Florida Victory Hints At November Battle Plan

The way Mitt Romney won Florida offers hints of the political battle plan he will have to replicate in November if he is the GOP nominee to take on President Barack Obama.

To outscore Obama, who is likely to have more than $1 billion and the power of incumbency on his side, the former Massachusetts governor needs a mix of support similar to what he found in Florida’s GOP primary. Hispanics, women and people angry about the economy combined to give Romney a dominating victory over Newt Gingrich.

It’s a powerful political trifecta that concerns the Obama camp enough to prepare defensive moves in Florida.

The importance of Florida cannot be overstated, said Republican presidential campaign adviser Ford O’Connell.

“A Republican cannot win the nomination without winning Florida,” he said.

The way electoral votes are awarded, O’Connell said, Romney would have to win in Florida to realistically have a shot at beating Obama.

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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published this page in In The News 2012-01-31 20:30:00 -0500
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