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Bryan Preston

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January 31, 2012 - 5:09 pm

Mitt Romney has reason to be singing tonight, but I don’t think it’s time to crank up the Crowded House yet. Don’t say it’s over, because it’s not. The big win in Florida hands Romney 50 delegates, maybe, probably, unless Florida ends up doling them out proportionally as other states are. If that happens, Romney’s lead will be reduced. But winning in Florida, as the first closed GOP primary and the first state that can be said to be a microcosm of the entire US is significant.

Nevada caucuses on February 4, territory that favors Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for different reasons. Super Tuesday is coming up March 6, and includes some states friendly to Gingrich, Santorum and Romney. At this point, even if Romney had won Florida by 50 points we have still seen less than 6% of the total delegates awarded. Romney has less than 100 delegates to date, and needs more than 1100 to clinch the nomination. A lot has already happened to upend this primary several times, and a lot more can still happen.

The exit polls keep telling us that a majority of Republican voters want someone else in the race. That’s very unlikely to happen, but those numbers do tell us something important: Mitt Romney has not sealed the deal. He hasn’t sealed the deal because the base of the party distrusts him, and it has valid reasons for that distrust. He still has some time in the primary to earn that trust. Or, someone else has time to earn it instead.

Update: Click the links below for other reaction to the primary results.

Glenn ReynoldsSlouching Toward November

John Hawkins of Right Wing NewsOn Romney’s Florida Win

PJTV’s Alexis Garcia, reporting from Florida – Romney Wins, But the Race is Far from Over

Roger Kimball – Landslide? Mitt’s Big Spending Helped that Along

Patrick Reddy looks at the CNN exit poll data, and more here.

Roger L. Simon – Why Gingrich Lost Big and What’s Next

Stephen Green – Through New Hampshire, Under South Carolina, Over Florida – Nothin’ But Mitt

Tea Party captain Katrina PiersonFlorida’s Results are the Best that Money can Buy

Ali Akbar – Florida Happened and It Ain’t Over Yet

Myra Adams – Romney’s 46% to 45% Conservative Vote Signals Trouble Ahead

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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