Assuming the Romney campaign regains its footing and can survive Florida, the race for the nomination shifts from a sprint through the month of January to a long slog to reach 1,144 delegates, which will likely take the candidates through May and even June’s nominating schedule.
Colorado, which a couple of weeks ago could have been a Romney coronation, is now a contested stop on the schedule with Super Tuesday, March 6, the first major delegate haul on a single day (592).
For all the media attention thus far adding the result of the Florida primary only 115 delegates will have been chosen out of the 2,285 at stake.
Romney leads with 31 delegates, but Gingrich is close behind with 21. Rick Santorum (13 delegates) and Ron Paul (4 delegates) complicate Gingrich’s effort by siphoning off some conservative votes.
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