The Florida exit polls and primary results will be covered by RightPundits with a live blog and we will provide live streaming video links as well as the latest information as it becomes available all through the evening. The polls in Florida open Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 7am and close at 7pm EST. However, Florida had begun its early voting program last week, with many polling stations open for voters. Also, Florida has a very large percentage of absentee ballot voters.
Early exit polls data:
Update 6pm ET:
“Romney best to beat Obama.”
“Gingrich the true conservative.”
Update 6:30pm ET:
Romney at 46% , Gingrich at 32%, Santorum at 12% and Paul at 7%
Gingrich has more support of tea party, about 45-30%
Romney can solve economic problems.
Romney understands the problems of Americans 34-27%
Most unfair campaign is about equal. 37-34%
Update 7pm ET:
Right Pundits declares Mitt Romney winner of Florida Primary contest. We won’t keep you hanging like the mainstream networks.
Open live blog session below for further updates
Demographically, Florida is unlike other Southern states, resembling California more in some ways than South Carolina. Hispanic voters account for about 11-12% of the electorate. There are several key and diverse media markets to cater towards. Like California, Florida was hit hard by the housing bubble when it burst and unemployment is well above the national average rate. Tourism is a major industry which benefits from cheap energy, especially gasoline.
Like South Carolina, however, Florida does have a large military presence. Coupled with its large senior citizen population, Florida is certainly a more ′center-right′ state than California is. The presence of NASA and many contractors and subcontractors along Florida′s ′Space Coast′ gives Florida an above average attitude towards those who are ′future-thinking′, that America must maintain its edge on being the most technologically advanced nation on the planet.
So on Tuesday night, we will watch the Florida exit polls and primary results as they are reported. RightPundits will host a live blog and provide live streaming video links as well as other election news as events unfold. Since the polls open in Florida at 7am and close at 7pm EST, we will begin our live coverage at 7pm EST and carry on through the evening until a winner is declared. So please join us by clicking on the Cover-It-Live box below. RightPundits is the place for watching all of the 2012 election news and events.