POSTED: February 1st 2012

Former Olympic chief Romney wins Florida primary by a landslide

From the Olympics to American politics Mitt Romney estatic last night in Tampa / SFC
From the Olympics to American politics Mitt Romney estatic last night in Tampa / SFC

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Former Salt Lake City Games chief Mitt Romney won the Florida primary by a wide margin taking over 46% of the votes in yesterday’s Republican election.

According to the Florida Department of State official count former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, brought in over 31% with Rich Santorum earning third place with over 13% and Ron Paul coming in in fourth place with 7%.

Romney spoke afterwards to meet the press and supporters at the Tampa Convention Center close by the St Pete Times Forum where the final decision for the Republican presidential nominee will be decided in late August this year. That nominee will face incumbent president Barack Obama for the US presidency on the November 6, 2012 vote.

The former 2002 Games chief is running a strong campaign machine and sources told CNN that given his prominence in this election is expected to receive Secret Service protection within days.  

The Florida campaign has been criticized for the barrage of personal attacks on the airwaves flying between Romney and the other top favorite Gingrich. 

"A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we will win," Romney said to a cheering crowd.

There are still 46 states to go as the primaries take their course along the Republican campaign trail.

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