Although polls indicate a big win for Mitt Romney in the Tuesday, Jan. 31 Florida primary, it doesn’t appear likely to be a knockout blow to Romney’s rivals.
As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake explains, that’s partly because of new rules on how delegates are allocated after primary results. Florida and the contests that preceded it are not winner-take-all events. At this point, even a big win in Florida would give Romney only a small fraction of the delegates he needs for the nomination. GOP leaders cut Florida’s delegate total to 50 because the state defied their wishes and moved the state’s primary up to January.
Newt Gingerich appears to have plenty of cash left in his campaign warchest, –USA Today reports– and Ron Paul’s backers make up in zeal what they may lack in numbers. The Post report says the Paul faction hopes to head to the convention with enough committed delegates to have an impact on the GOP’s positions on key issues.