With Iowa in the rear view mirror, the Republican candidates for president are firmly focused on three places for the next four weeks:
The battle for Florida will surely unfold along I-4.
The most recent political poll taken among likely Florida Republican voters was done between Dec.15 and 19.
Clearly a lot has happened since then; the rise of Rick Santorum and the decline of Newt Gingrich.
But that poll shows Florida in a dead heat between Mitt Romney at 27 percent and Newt Gingrich at 26 percent.
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Political insiders feel Florida could be the biggest test yet for Mitt Romney.
He won the most votes in Iowa.
“It means a lot. It’s a first step to that road to victory. He’s fortified in New Hampshire and he’s also got the endorsement of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley,” said political analyst Frank Torres.
With Michelle Bachmann out and Rick Perry clinging to his political life, that leaves their supporters, 15 percent, in search of another candidate.
Who will those supporters go with, and will Florida once again set the stage for the GOP candidate to claim the party’s nomination?
“Florida becomes a major player in the Republican primary. Voters here in Central Florida will play a major part and it will continue into the general election. They’ll be among the most important voters in the country,” said Torres.
One other interesting thing has to do with the way the Florida primary works.
Tuesday was the last day to change your party affiliation on your voter registration form.
Only registered Republicans will be able to vote in the primary.
Mitt Romney appears to be doing the best in the Florida endorsement category right now.
He’s picked up the support of a few key South Florida congressmen.
Romney is the only one to be endorsed by anyone in Tallahassee; CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam both pledged their support to Romney.