Florida's political insiders gird for long GOP primary

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Adam Smith finds in his latest poll of 100 Florida political insiders for the St. Petersburg Times that two-thirds expect the primary contest will continue well past the Florida primary. About 1/3 expect Gingrich to win Florida. Overwhelmingly Romney is seen as strongest general election candidate. “Romney has relatively few paid staffers in Florida compared to 2008, but eight in 10 our respondents said he has the strongest campaign organization in the state,” Adam writes. “How important is that? One third of our Insiders said it was ‘very important’ and 56 percent said it was ‘somewhat important.'”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.