Mitt Romney wins the 2012 Florida primary.Here's the latest in political news so far this week:
Romney wins Florida
Mitt Romney won the Florida primary on Tuesday with more votes than Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum combined. In his speech after the votes were tallied, the former Massachusetts governor took aim at President Barack Obama rather than the other GOP contestants. "You were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it's time to get out of the way," Romney said. He took 47 percent of the vote; 32 percent went to Gingrich, 13 percent voted for Santorum, and 7 percent voted for Ron Paul. Exit polling showed that Romney led among seniors and Hispanic voters, while Gingrich was the favorite of evangelicals, Tea Party voters, and those who self-identified as "conservative."
Colbert's SuperPAC hits $1 million
As of Monday, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert's political action committee -- "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow" -- has raised $1,023,121.24 in donations. "I'm rolling seven digits deep!" Colbert told the Federal Election Commission in his superPAC's filing Monday morning. "We raised it on my show and used it to materially influence the elections - in full accordance with the law. It's the way our founding fathers would have wanted it, if they had founded corporations instead of just a country." No word on how the money will be used.
Cain endorses Gingrich
Herman Cain, who dropped out of the GOP race in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and a 13-year-long extramarital affair, on Saturday formally endorsed Newt Gingrich. "I hereby officially and enthusiastically endorse Newt Gingrich for president of the United States!" Cain said. "One of the biggest reasons is the fact that I know that Speaker Gingrich is a patriot, Speaker Gingrich is not afraid of bold ideas and I also know that Speaker Gingrich is running for president and going through this sausage grinder. I know what this sausage grinder is all about." When he left the race in December , he had insisted that he would endorse "the people" instead of a specific candidate.
Kansas House Speaker sends email to pray for Obama's death
Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal sent out an email recently to his Republican colleagues that seems to ask them to pray for the death of the President. The email referred to a bumper sticker that was popular among Obama's detractors earlier in his administration: "Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8." That passage from the Bible reads: "Let his days be few; and let another take his office. The next verse is "May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow." In his email, O'Neal wrote: "At last -- I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up -- it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!" Faithful America has started a petition calling for O'Neal to resign.
Bachmann says she hasn't endorsed Romney
Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann today refuted a Boston Globe story that said that unnamed staffers have been talking about the possibility of her endorsing her former rival, Mitt Romney. "Let me be absolutely clear -- there are absolutely no negotiations between me and the Romney campaign regarding any pending endorsement of Governor Romney," she said in a statement. "I continue to speak with all the candidates and plan on uniting behind the presumptive nominee." The Globe has since taken down it's story.
Obama hosts a town hall online
More than 228,000 people submitted 133,163 questions for President Barack Obama in advance of his first-ever completely virtual interview. The interview, which was presented by YouTube and Google+, touched on debt and the economy, jobs and internet piracy, higher education and Thanks to a campaign by pro-marijuana group Norml.org some of the most popular questions submitted to the president were about legalizing pot. You can watch the entire (long) internet "hangout" below:
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