Republican Candidates Snub South Florida on Election Day

Romney in Tampa; Gingrich in Orlando

By Sebastian Del Marmol
|  Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012  |  Updated 5:43 PM EDT
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None of the four candidates in the Florida primary will be in South Florida on election day.

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Although South Florida might be crucial ground in determining today’s winner in the Florida Republican primary, none of the candidates in the running planned to be in the region on Tuesday.

Frontrunner Mitt Romney is scheduled to spend the day in Tampa with what could be the victory party held at the Tampa Convention Center starting at 8 p.m.

Romney’s main challenger in the Sunshine State, Newt Gingrich, will be looking for some Orlando magic as he starts his day glad handing in the city before hitting the road with planned stops in Lakeland, Plant City and Celebration.

Gingrich will be back in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel at 8 p.m.

The other two challengers in the Republican primary, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, are not expected to be in Florida on Tuesday. Both will be in Nevada in coming days in preparation for the next primary, according to their election websites.
 

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