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2012: A two-man race

A new Suffolk University/WSVN-TV Miami poll, per Political Wire shows Romney beating Obama by five points in Florida, while Gingrich loses to Obama by nine points.

AP reports: A two-man fight for Florida is emerging ahead of the state's final Republican presidential debate, with Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich pounding each other over personal and professional vulnerabilities. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will take their places on the stage for Thursday night's debate but have their sights set elsewhere and have largely stayed away from the Romney-Gingrich drama."

ROMNEY: The Daily Caller: Mitt Romney's campaign is attacking Newt Gingrich as an "influence peddler." But it turns out that some of Romney's closest advisers (or the firms they lobbied for) were paid hundreds of thousands--maybe millions--of dollars on behalf of failed mortgage giant Freddie mac.

Politico reports: "For a moment Wednesday afternoon in Miami, Mitt Romney seemed to have a solution to his Hispanic problem: Was he not, Univision’s Jorge Ramos asked, Mexican-American himself, as his father had been born south of the border? Romney confessed his parents were American citizens who never spoke Spanish."

GINGRICH: The Miami Herald: "The close, volatile Republican presidential campaign exploded in Miami on Wednesday as Newt Gingrich pulled a controversial Spanish-language immigration ad after Sen. Marco Rubio bashed it as out of bounds. The radio ad, featuring a snippet of a Fidel Castro line, described Mitt Romney as "anti-immigrant" for his hardline stances, which mirror those of Rubio and many Republican leaders."

"Fueled by the Adelson family’s second $5 million donation to assist Newt Gingrich, spending in the final week of presidential primary campaigning in Florida is expected to top $16 million," The Boston Globe writes. "Virtually overnight, the contribution from Miriam Adelson wiped out much of the money edge that Mitt Romney enjoyed in Florida just days ago. Like an earlier $5 million donation from her husband Sheldon, a casino magnate, the latest infusion went to a super PAC supporting Gingrich."

The Palm Beach Post: Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican rising star and vice presidential speculation magnet, has remained determinedly neutral throughout the 2012 GOP presidential race. But in the frenzied final week before Tuesday's Florida primary, Rubio has weighed in twice against Newt Gingrich -- first for comparing Mitt Romney to Republican pariah Charlie Crist, then for running a Spanish-language radio ad that called Romney "anti-immigrant."

Tom DeLay on Gingrich, per Political Wire and KTRH-AM: "What has been said about Newt is pretty much true. He had to step down because Republicans, conservative Republicans, wouldn't vote for him again as Speaker. Because he's not really a conservative. I mean, he'll tell you what you want to hear. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. But when he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined."