All eyes are on the Sunshine State as voters in Florida head to the polls to cast ballots in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
There are no signs suggesting any of the four contenders plan to end their respective presidential campaigns anytime soon. After Florida's primary, the race will move onto the Silver State. Nevada's Republican caucus will be held on Saturday.
Below, a rundown on where the White House hopefuls stand going into primary day.
Here's the rundown on where Mitt Romney stands going into Florida's primary election: After coming up short in South Carolina's primary election less than two weeks ago, Mitt Romney is running in a strong position going into Tuesday's contest in Florida. The former Massachusetts governor struck an optimistic tone in speaking to supporters on Monday. Ahead of the Sunshine State primary, he also didn't hold back in taking aim at rival contender Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, who came in first in South Carolina, has mounted an aggressive strategy in Florida. Romney has dismissed attacks from the former House Speaker, calling his criticisms "sad" and "painfully revealing." Click here to read more.
Can Newt Gingrich score a surprise win in Tuesday's contest? Here's where Newt stands in the Sunshine State race: Newt Gingrich attacked his way to victory in South Carolina and relied on a similar strategy to propel is campaign in Florida. In the Sunshine State; however, the former House Speaker goes into Tuesday's contest trailing rival candidate Mitt Romney and with dwindling odds of pulling out an upset win. Gingrich has signaled he intends to continue his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination regardless of the outcome of Florida's primary election. Click here to read more.
Ron Paul says he's in it to win it in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is already looking beyond Florida's primary election going into Tuesday's contest. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Texas libertarian will hold a "campaign call to arms" rally in the Silver State on Tuesday. Nevada's Republican caucus will take place next Saturday on February 4. Even though he hasn't placed first in any of the primary contests already held this election season, there are no signs that Paul plans to abandon his pursuit of the White House anytime soon. "We're going to stay in and see what comes of it," he said during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" over the weekend. "There have been a lot of ups and downs so maybe there will be some downs and we will be able to pick up the pieces." Click here to read more.
Despite trailing rival Republican presidential contenders in the primary race, Rick Santorum vows to fight on after the Sunshine State contest. The AP reports: Santorum is the first Republican candidate to appear in Missouri in advance of its Feb. 7 primary, which will essentially be a statewide public opinion poll. The Republican Party plans to award its presidential delegates in Missouri through a series of caucuses that begin in mid-March. Gingrich didn't get on Missouri's primary ballot while others who have since dropped out of the race will be listed alongside Romney, Santorum and Ron Paul. Santorum said he still considers Missouri's primary to be important. Because of Gingrich's absence, it could allow Santorum to test his political strength more directly against that of Romney, who has been building a network of prominent Republican endorsements in Missouri.