Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Those who favor the Texas congressman gathered at the Copper Top Pub in Temple Terrace to watch the election results.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney might have taken Florida, but that doesn’t mean Ron Paul supporters are counting out the Texas congressman. Paul Fosse of Citrus Park compared Paul’s campaign to a football game. “Very few football teams quit after the first three minutes,” he said. “They keep going. It seems kind of silly to give up after four states.” Fosse helped organize a Ron Paul Watch Party Tuesday evening at the Copper Top Pub in Temple Terrace using meetup.com and Facebook. About 50 people watched TV news stations report Florida’s election results. Paul hovered around 7 percent of the vote. “We’d be happier if he was in double digits,” Fosse said, “but what’s great is to see the enthusiasm of the supporters.” Young and…
Some called it "the turning point" of the election.
Mitt Romney supporters from all over the Bay area turned out at the Tampa Convention Center Tuesday. They were there to hear from the candidate they hoped would win Florida. And they weren’t disappointed. “This was the turning point,” Michael Baum of South Tampa said. Rachel and Nathan Crane of Lutz brought their five children to the convention center for the event. Though they were unable to get into the ballroom to see Romney’s speech live, the family gathered with about 50 others in an adjacent ballroom to watch a live feed of his speech. “We’re really excited about Romney,” Rachel Crane said. “He has the experience in business and politics.” The crowd was pretty quiet as they waited for Romney to appear. Small groups clustered, …
Mitt Romney earns a convincing victory over Newt Gingrich and other Republican nominees in Florida's Presidential Preference Primary.
Mitt Romney won the Florida Presidential Preference Primary on Tuesday, earning the state's 50 delegates and distancing himself from Newt Gingrich as the Republican frontrunner for 2012. The Associated Press projected Romney's commanding victory shortly after 8 p.m. when the final polls closed in Florida's Panhandle. The former Massachusetts governor had taken 46 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Gingrich after returns from 99 percent of the polls were in. Rick Santorum had 13 percent, and Ron Paul 7 percent. "Florida, you're the best," a victorious Romney told a crowd gathered at his primary night celebration at the downtown Tampa Convention Center. Reactions to Romney's win were mixed among local Republicans. "I was surprised he won …
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Some South Tampa voters have a different spin on things despite polls that have Romney in the lead.
Although most of the South Tampa voters Patch talked to at local polling places opted for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 Florida Presidential Preference Primary, some seem to prefer Newt Gingrich instead. “I like his foreign policy and some of the other things he stands for,” said Richard Barrett after casting his vote at Palma Ceia United Methodist Church - Precinct 119. For some local registered Republicans, voting for Gingrich was a last-minute decision. “I kind of weighted between Newt and Mitt and I had a hard time deciding,” said Draughon Silcox. Others chose Gingrich over Romney because of the former Massachusetts governor’s negative campaign. “So far, (Gingrich) has told me what he is for,” said Warren Bourgeois…
Most of the South Tampa voters Patch talked to at local polling places opted for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 Florida Presidential Preference Primary.
Some South Tampa registered Republicans headed to cast their votes on their way to work early this morning, Jan. 31.
As today’s 2012 Presidential Preference Primary polls opened at 7 a.m. in Hillsborough County, South Tampa registered Republicans headed out to cast their votes for the GOP candidate they think is best suited to beat President Obama in the fall. In some Palma Ceia and Bayshore Gardens’ polling places, the flow of voters has been steady throughout the morning. Most folks headed to the polls on their way to work, rushing to their cars after casting their votes, too pressed for time to leave any comments. “I voted for Mitt Romney,” said Doug McCree before entering his SUV at Precinct 112 on Bayshore Boulevard. “I thought he was the best candidate on the ballot.”
Voting in the Florida Presidential Preference Primary has only been going on for a few hours.
While turnout at Hillsborough County’s polls has been sparse this morning, the supervisor of elections office predicts a strong turnout overall. Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Earl Lennard told CNN on Tuesday morning that early voting and vote by mail totals have already exceeded levels from 2008, the last presidential election year. Lennard said he wouldn’t be surprised if he had a 40 percent turnout in Hillsborough. “If history is an indicator … I get the feeling we’re going to have a good, strong, robust turnout,” Lennard told the network. Even so, Lennard’s office reported that about 18 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballot as of 2:30 p.m. today, based on 10 sample precents around the county. The polls remain …
Here's what you need to know if you're heading out to the polls today for the Florida Presidential Preference Primary.
If you’re heading out to cast a vote in today’s Presidential Preference Primary, there are some things you might want to keep in mind. Here are five things you need to know as you head to the polls in South Tampa: To find out more about voting, visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website.
Rain not expected to hinder South Tampa voters today.
Republican voters should expect smooth sailing at the polls today — at least as far as the weather is concerned. According to forecasters at the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office, South Tampa residents can expect a partly cloudy day with highs in the upper 70s and lows around 50. Rain isn’t in the forecast, said meteorologist Richard Rude. Rude said the rest of the week is shaping up to be nice, as well. Wednesday’s weather is expected to nearly mirror Tuesday’s, but highs could climb a bit. Inland areas may see highs in the low 80s on Wednesday. A slight chance of rain does creep into the picture on Thursday. Rude says chances for rain will only come in at 20 percent and they’ll stick around through the weekend. For a complete look…