Romney Confident Before Florida Primary

Romney says, “Speaker Gingrich, he's not feeling very excited these days. He's been flailing around a bit -- you just watch him and shake your head."
DUNEDIN (2012-1-30) -

Polls show former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has a double-digit lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich going into the Republican primary. And at an afternoon rally in Dunedin in Pinellas County, Romney was confident -- and dismissive of Gingrich's chances in the home stretch.

"I know the Speaker's not real happy,” Romney said. “Speaker Gingrich, he's not feeling very excited these days. He's been flailing around a bit -- you just watch him and shake your head."

But Romney did not linger long on the other Republican frontrunner. After a week of intense back-and-forth between the Republican candidates, Romney's pivoted quickly, and focused the rest of his speech the November general election and his case for defeating Barack Obama.

Eleanora Mihopoulos was in the audience there. She's owns a local restaurant and supports Romney -- but she said she's had enough with the jabs within the Republican Party.

“It's worse than usual,” she said. “We don't like it a bit.

“It reminds me of Clinton with Obama. We took a page from the Democrats, because Republicans never fought like that before.”

Despite all the negative attacks, though, favorability ratings for both Gingrich and Romney ticked up slightly in the final days of campaigning among likely Republican primary voters. That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today that showed Romney leading Gingrich by 14 points.

CLICK HERE to listen to Romney's full remarks in Dunedin, Florida.

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