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Romney Wins Florida

February 2, 2012

I should have posted on this yesterday, but I was out of town all day. Anyway Romney won the Florida primary by a fairly large margin. He got 46.4% of the vote to Gingrich’s 31.9% and Santorum’s 13.3%. The pundits and commentators have all had their say and I don’t have much to add. I would like to point out the gender gap that really hurt Gingrich. As Dick Morris put it,

Here’s the reason Mitt Romney won in Florida: Women turned against Newt. In the primary Tuesday, Romney carried men by only 5 points, according to the Fox News exit poll, while he won women 52 percent to 28 percent — a 24-point margin!

Did women turn against Gingrich because of his personal baggage or the interview with his second ex-wife? Did they just dislike his aggressiveness or feel that he couldn’t win? We don’t know. But what we do know is that a gender gap that was not much in evidence in South Carolina surfaced with a vengeance one week later in Florida.

Some theorize that it took a few days for Marianne Gingrich’s allegations to sink in. Others suggest that women might just have gotten an uneasy feeling about Gingrich. But the fact that the gender gap led to Newt’s defeat is incontrovertible.

I think this will become a real problem for Newt Gingrich in future primaries and the general election. I think that a lot of women will look at Newt and his three marriages and be reminded of all the selfish or immature men in their lives.

It would be one thing if Gingrich’s indiscretions were nothing more than a quiet affair. His divorces and infidelities suggest a lack of constancy, an unwillingness to follow through on commitments, even a lack of self-discipline that could be fatal in a President. His actions say something about him, and not something good.


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