Times/Herald poll: Mitt Romney up 11-points over Newt Gingrich

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The latest poll of likely Republican primary voters in Florida gives Mitt Romney front-runner status heading into the final days of campaigning before Tuesday’s primary.

Romney has an 11-point advantage over Newt Gingrich in the statewide poll conducted for the Tampa Bay TimesMiami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and television stations Bay News 9 and Central Florida News 13.

Romney is supported by 42 percent of the Republican primary voters surveyed, and Mr. Gingrich is backed by 31 percent. The Mason-Dixon poll is the latest in a series toward the end of this past week that showed  Romney moving ahead of Gingrich, whose win in South Carolina last Saturday had upended the G.O.P. primary race.

Rick Santorum and Ron Paul — neither of whom are campaigning in Florida — are running well behind. Mr. Santorum, a former Senator from Pennsylvania is the choice of 14 percent and 6 percent picked Mr. Paul.

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.