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Is Mitt Romney's Florida support collapsing? (+video)

Mitt Romney has struggled through a tough 10 days, while Newt Gingrich has had great debate performances and a win in South Carolina. Now, new polls show Mr. Gingrich leading in Florida.

By Staff writer / January 23, 2012

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens during a roundtable discussion about housing issues in Tampa, Fla., on Monday.

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Is Mitt Romney suffering a reversal of fortune in the Florida polls? It sure looks that way at the moment. There’s a passel of new poll info out and most of it doesn’t look good for the former Massachusetts governor.

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In fact, if the most recent numbers are correct, Mr. Romney has fallen behind the surging Newt Gingrich in the Sunshine State.

Let’s start with Insider Advantage – its just-released survey has Romney eight percentage points behind Mr. Gingrich, 26 to 34 percent. A breakdown by age, race, and gender shows that Mitt trails the former House speaker across the board.

Rasmussen Reports has Romney nine points behind, with 32 percent to Gingrich’s 41. Two weeks ago, Romney had a 22-point lead in Florida, according to Rasmussen. That disappeared quicker than a hundred dollars at Disney World, didn’t it?

Forty-two percent of Florida GOP voters now say Gingrich would be their party’s strongest general election candidate, according to Rasmussen data. Thirty-nine percent say Romney would be the strongest.

“Throughout the GOP race, Romney has always benefited from the perception that he was the strongest general election candidate in the field. However, among Florida voters at the moment, that is no longer the case,” says a Rasmussen analysis of its new figures.

Public Policy Polling has yet to release its latest figures. But PPP is already hinting that it is seeing a big pro-Gingrich swing. The firm tweeted last night that after a night of polling that it's finding Romney and Gingrich “neck and neck.” A PPP poll released back on Jan. 16 had shown Romney with a 15-point lead.

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