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An Early Night in Florida? (Updated)

7:30 PM, Jan 31, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Polls in the eastern part of Florida closed at 7 p.m. Eastern, and with over 11 percent of precincts reporting, Mitt Romney is receiving 51 percent of the vote,  with Newt Gingrich at 29 percent and Rick Santorum at 12 percent.

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Drudge is reporting that the major television networks will be calling the Republican primary in Florida at 8 p.m. Eastern, the time at which polls in the western Panhandle of the state will close. Early returns suggest they will be calling the race for Romney. 

Update: With 24 percent reporting, and many more counties in the northern part of the state reporting, Romney's share has slipped down to...49 percent to Gingrich's 30 percent.

Update II: With 38 percent of precincts reporting, Romney is holding fairly steady at 48 percent to Gingrich's 31 percent.

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