FROM NPR: NPR is projecting that Mitt Romney has won the Florida primary, with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in second place. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had nearly 47 percent of the vote. Gingrich had 32 percent.
Update 10:07 p.m.: With all precincts reporting in Alachua county, Newt Gingrich came away with a slight 118-vote lead on Mitt Romney. However, Romney is projected to win 46.4 percent of the vote to Gingrich’s 31.9 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting statewide (NPR).
Update 8:23 p.m.In Alachua County, with 68 of 69 precincts reporting at 8:08 p.m., Gingrich held a slight lead ahead of Romney by 121 votes.
PBS NewsHour has posted speeches by Romney and Gingrich in Florida this evening.
The annual session of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature came to a halt Tuesday as the House adjourned three days early because of a budget impasse with the Senate over Medicaid expansion. Bills covering everything from tax cuts to gambling and medical marijuana died as a result.
Traffic ticket quotas for law enforcement agencies are now illegal under a bill unanimously passed by the House in the Florida Legislature. Sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday, the “Waldo Bill” got its nickname from the city of Waldo, which was once considered one of the nation’s worst speed traps.
Rep. Keith Perry confirmed that a bill which would have allowed voters to establish a HB-1325 has died in the Florida House of Representatives. The hearing of HB 1325, was postponed during the last meeting of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.