Romney Surges Ahead of Gingrich in Florida

The former speaker of the House has lost his big lead in the polls.
2:28 | 01/30/12

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Politics your voice your vote be crucial Florida primary just 24 hours away -- Gingrich once had a sizable lead -- he's followed behind in the polls while Mitt Romney -- is right now. ABC's Jonathan Karl is an Orlando with the very latest for us good morning John. Good morning Robin the day before that primary here in Florida the race between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich has gotten nastier than ever. And personal. Mitt Romney is is confident -- -- he is ever bad but he is taking no chances. Hitting new Gingrich Paul Walton is down in an interview with ABC news Romney leveled some of his most personal attacks yet against Gingrich. I think unfortunately we're seeing some of the the qualities that. They got -- -- so much trouble when he was speaker of the house this personal and and character attacks are really unbecoming of a presidential candidate. Romney is responding to Gingrich's latest attacks on the campaign trail I would genuinely change Washington. Romney would manage the decay. And he's TV ads. If we can't trust what Mitt Romney says about his own record. How can we trust him on anything. Romney sees that as an attack on his personal integrity. And -- responded with a thinly veiled reference to Gingrich's. -- -- My record. My integrity my honesty has been devastated over my life been married to the same moment 42 years but it is wrong -- actually started the attacks here in Florida. With negative ads targeting Gingrich. Weston 48 hours after the loss in South Carolina I want to congratulate of course a speaker Gingrich -- my fellow Republicans had a hard fought campaign here in South Carolina since then Romney and his supporters have buried Gingrich in an avalanche of thirteen. Point eight million dollars worth of attack ads -- more than four times what Gingrich and his allies have spent in Florida if you look at the volume of ads. I would opponent who has money power and we need people power to offset. Money. And it seems to be working -- house in the polls and expecting to win I'm hopeful that -- win here. And hopeful that I'll go on to win in Nevada and Begin a a trailer victories it will -- -- to becoming the -- But Mitt Romney has seen Newt Gingrich come back from the political dead twice already that's why you can expect that no matter what happens in tomorrow's primary. Romney will continue hammering away -- Gingrich until he has driven a stake through the heart of the Gingrich campaign.

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