Polls are closed in Florida, and we're liveblogging the results of the Republican presidential primary.
6:18 PM PT: Gingrich says he'll abolish White House czars, because as a dictator, he won't need them.
6:19 PM PT: You will always know where you where when Newt gave his "I have a dream" speech.
6:20 PM PT: Newt is also using a teleprompter, making the Freepers weep.6:21 PM PT:
6:22 PM PT: Professor Newt is in da house! He's been studying shit for 60 years! So trust him. Even though you're not supposed to trust any other professor.6:23 PM PT: 6:25 PM PT:
6:26 PM PT: Alright, I'm skipping Ron Paul. My kids are far more interesting.
Thanks for hanging with us tonight!
7:16 PM PT (David Jarman): One last tally from the bean counting crew, seeing as how the count in Florida is almost done. With slightly over 98% reporting, the Romney total edged down a bit more; Mitt's at 46, to 32 for Gingrich, 13 for Santorum, and 7 for Paul. Romney's strongest county was also the state's most populous: Miami-Dade, with 61%, along with 57 in Collier and 54 Palm Beach... all distinguished by having lots of transplanted northeasterners. The largest county that Gingrich won was Escambia (Pensacola, in the Panhandle); Clay and Alachua are his only other big prizes, along with a handful of rural counties in the Panhandle and the empty area around Lake Okeechobee. Gingrich also kept Duval (Jacksonville) close.
7:39 PM PT (David Jarman): One more observation: tonight's turnout was approximately 1,656,000 (with a few precincts left to be counted). That's a respectable-seeming 40% of the state's 4.1 million registered Republicans... but let's flash back to 2008, when the GOP presidential primary drew 1,949,498 voters instead. Anybody sensing a little less enthusiasm for the GOP field this time?