New poll shows Romney ahead with Florida voters

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Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney greets supporters and signs autographs after addressing a capacity crowd of supporters at Sugden Plaza in downtown Naples during a campaign rally on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 ahead of Tuesday's state primary election. After introductions from Vice-Mayor John Sorey III, Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.) and Mack's father, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, Romney spoke to over a thousand people packed into the plaza and overflowing into Fifth Avenue South.

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Tristan Spinski/Staff Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney greets supporters and signs autographs after addressing a capacity crowd of supporters at Sugden Plaza in downtown Naples during a campaign rally on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 ahead of Tuesday's state primary election. After introductions from Vice-Mayor John Sorey III, Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.) and Mack's father, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack III, Romney spoke to over a thousand people packed into the plaza and overflowing into Fifth Avenue South.

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TALLAHASSEE — A new poll taken among likely Florida Republican voters shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heading into Tuesday's presidential preference primary in the Sunshine State with a 14-point lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute survey conducted Friday through Sunday among 539 likely GOP voters in Florida had Romney favored by 43 percent of the respondents compared to 29 percent who preferred Gingrich. The poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points, showed U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum each at 11 percent.

Romney also was favored by a 40-31 margin over Gingrich among self-described conservatives.

Romney built on a lead of 9 percentage points over Gingrich in a Quinnipiac poll released on Friday.

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