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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, coming off a strong debate performance that left challenger Newt Gingrich off balance and muttering to himself, is up 9-10 points in two new polls of Republican voters for Tuesday’s crucial Florida primary.
A Quinnipiac University Poll gives Romney a 1o point edge — 38 to 28 percent — over the former Speaker of the House while Voter Survey Service for Sunshine State News shows Romney at 40 percent with Gingrich at 31.
Backbenchers Rick Santorum and Ron Paul both lag far behind. Santorum, admitting he’s tired and almost out of campaign funds, headed home to Pennsylvania this weekend to do his taxes but said he would be back to campaign before Tuesday.
“Romney has regained the momentum at just the right time,” GOP strategist Arne Jensen told told Capitol Hill Blue. “He pummeled Gingrich in the debate and he’s controlling the media with massive ad buys.”
Quinnipiac shows only six percent of Florida GOP voters undecided as the primary voters and a significant number of male voters shifted from Gingrich to Romney after the debates.