Really??? Newt Gingrich has a 75% chance of winning Florida, according to 538.com

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Nate Silver projects a seven-point Gingrich victory here next Tuesday, but he adds a bunch of caveats. “Our forecast model currently gives Mr. Gingrich a 75 percent chance of winning the state. That seems like too confident a prediction, frankly,” he writes on the 538 blog. “On the other hand, Mr. Gingrich does appear to have a modest lead in the polls – and the nonpolling factors do not clearly favor one or the other candidate, in my view. So I would call Mr. Gingrich the favorite for now – but not a clear favorite.”

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