Fox News projects that Mitt Romney will triumph in the Sunshine State, taking all 50 of Florida's delegates. It's a winner-take-all state and Romney has won it all.
FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper and Eben Brown report from America's Election Headquarters:
From America's Election Headquarters..I'm Jennifer Keiper in Tampa.
Victory in Florida for Mitt Romney, who gets the state's 50 delegates.
He says the Republican party will be united this fall and he says he wants to make this election about restoring America's greatness.
(Romney)"If you believe the disappointments of the last few years are a detour and not our destiny then I'm asking for your vote."
Romney makes a stop in Minnesota today, on his way to Nevada.
(Brown) Newt Gingrich supporters are less than thrilled with how the Florida primary turned out. Not so much because Gingrich lost, but because Mitt Romney spent way more money than Gingrich had, and that it all went to negative ads.
(Gingrich Supporter)"Money bought the day. Romney outspent him, five? Four? To one?"
But they say they proud Gingrich stayed on message. And message, not money, is what they say could win him the White House.
In Orlando, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.
Having already won in New Hampshire and having very nearly won Iowa, Romney is now poised to make the case that Republicans have begun to close ranks behind the former Massachusetts governor.
Romney delivered his victory speech at his headquarters in Tampa, site of the 2012 Republican National Convention:
Fox also projects that Newt Gingrich will finish second. The former House Speaker beat Romney just 10 days ago in South Carolina and led Romney in Florida polls as recently as last week.
He addressed his supporters at his headquarters in Orlando:
At this time, Fox News can also project that Rick Santorum will place third in Florida, marking yet another disappointing finish for the former Pennsylvania Senator. Santorum was eventually ruled the winner in the narrow Iowa caucus vote, the first GOP contest, yet never got the benefit of much forward momentum. He was already in Nevada on Tuesday, ramping up his campaign for Saturday's caucus.
Finally, Fox News projects that Ron Paul, who did very little campaigning in Florida, will place fourth. Paul has vowed to continue to amass delegates until the Republican National Convention, set for the end of August in Tampa. He also spent Tuesday in Nevada.
With the awarding of Florida's 50 delegates, Romney will have 87 delegates nationally, compared to 26 for Gingrich. Santorum will remain at 14 delegates and Paul stands with four. It takes 1,144 delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.