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Republican Debate: GOP Candidates Go Head-To-Head Ahead Of Florida Primary (LIVE UPDATES)

01/26/2012 07:37 pm ET | Updated Mar 27, 2012

Four candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination are going head-to-head in a primary debate with Florida's primary election less than one week away.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul are taking part in the event.

HuffPost's Mark Blumenthal reports on the latest polls out on the Sunshine State race:

After a remarkably turbulent week, a handful of polls released Thursday brought a new twist to surveys on Florida's Republican presidential primary: a consistent finding.

The new polls conducted by Monmouth University and SurveyUSA, Rasmussen Reports and NewMax/Insider Advantage all show Mitt Romney leading Newt Gingrich by margins of 7 to 8 percentage points among likely Republican primary voters in Florida. All three find Romney with 39 to 40 percent of the vote and Gingrich with 31 to 32 percent.

The new polls also continue to show Rick Santorum and Ron Paul running far behind in single digits, with Santorum a few percentage points ahead of Paul.

Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in Florida.

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