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Romney wins 46 percent of the Florida GOP vote

Romney wins 46 percent of the Florida GOP vote

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Mitt Romney wins the Florida Primary on Tuesday night with the biggest majority yet during the 2012 presidential race.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Romney held 46 percent of the votes.

"Florida, you're the best!" He said to a packed room in Tampa.

New Gingrich trailed behind him with 32 percent of the vote, followed by Rick Santorum with 13 percent and Ron Paul with seven percent.

Romney called the other candidates "serious and able competitors" Tuesday.

"They're still in the race, and I want to congratulate them on another hard-fought contest in this campaign. Primary contests are not easy - and they're not supposed to be," Romney said. "And as this primary unfolds, our opponents in the other party have been watching. They like to comfort themselves with the thought that a competitive campaign will leave us divided and weak, but I've got some news for them: A competitive primary does not divide us. It prepares us, and we will win."

The race now heads to Minnesota and Nevada with the upcoming caucuses on Saturday.

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