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.
One of the largest accredited wildlife sanctuaries, Big Cat Rescue, want to end private possession and breeding of big cats by November. To reach their goal, the sanctuary and a partnered coalition are pushing to get the “Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act” passed.
United For Care has turned in about 100,000 out of 683,149 validated signatures needed to put the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions bill on the 2016 ballot. So far, Marion, Levy and Alachua counties have not yet received any signatures, according to the supervisor of elections offices in these counties.
Federal officials filed documents Monday responding to a lawsuit by Gov. Rick Scott. The suit says the federal government “engaged in unconstitutional coercion” to make Florida expand its Medicaid program, while federal officials say this is a baseless claim.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera publicly confirmed Saturday that he is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016. He announced his possible candidacy at the executive board meeting during the Republican Party of Florida’s quarterly meeting at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.