Republican Candidates Battle It Out For Florida

January 29, 2008

It is a big day for all the Republican presidential candidates, but no one has more riding on Tuesday's pivotal Florida primary than Rudy Giuliani.

Rudy Giuliani says the winner of the Florida primary will win the Republican Presidential nomination. He may be right but if the polls are accurate he's in big trouble.

As voters cast their ballots Tuesday, polls indicate Mitt Romney and John McCain are the clear front-runners and the final hours of this horse race was marked by critical phone calls, negative radio ads, and bitter personal exchanges.

Surveys show Mike Huckabee and Giuliani lagging behind. The former New York Mayor skipped virtually all previous primaries, pinning his campaign's future on a good showing in delegate rich Florida.

Floridians take this primary very seriously. Even before the polls opened Tuesday, more than a million ballots were cast through early and absentee voting.

Many say the struggling economy is their main concern.

For the Democrats Florida is considered taboo. The Democratic National Committee stripped the state of its delegates for moving up its primary.

But for the GOP candidates, Florida is a winner takes all primary, and
whoever walks away with the 57 delegates up for grabs, will walk into Super Tuesday with a huge boost in momentum.

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