Arizona Rep. John McCain is the winner over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by a close but clear margin in the Florida primary.
The win gives McCain all 57 delegates at stake in Florida’s winner-take-all primary (the state had half of its allocated delegates removed by the Republican National Committee over a scheduling dispute). Perhaps more importantly, it gives him added momentum — following a similarly narrow win over ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Jan. 19 South Carolina primary — heading into the crucial bloc of nearly two dozen voting events on “Super Tuesday” next week.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who essentially camped out in Florida in hopes of offsetting poor showings in early primaries and caucuses, failed to do so. Huckabee also endured a blow to his hopes of at least establishing himself as the premier candidate of the South, running fourth.