Elections 2012

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Mitt Romney toured a manufacturing plant in Tampa today, fresh off his performance in last night's GOP debate. Romney is setting his sights on tonight's speech by President Obama.

The remaining four candidates for the Republican presidential nomination debated last night at the University of South Florida in Tampa. WUSF's Steve Newborn interviews USF political science professor Seth McKee.

Mitt Romney called fellow presidential candidate Newt Gingrich "erratic," with Gingrich responding that Romney is increasingly desperate as they both campaigned Monday in Tampa.

The two top contenders for the Republican nomination for president took several shots at each other during a debate at USF's Tampa campus. But the attacks swung at least one student toward another candidate.

While Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrinch were debating on stage, about 100 activists were protesting outside.

The protestors represented Students for a Democratic Society, Occupy USF and Occupy Tampa, Fight Back Florida, and other groups.

People tend to look at Florida from the outside and see it as a red state. But, the 2010 governor’s race, U.S. senate races and other statewide matches demonstrate otherwise – Florida is a two party competitive state unlike the other larger states – California, Texas and New York.

Saying “we shouldn't give people 99 weeks to do nothing,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says all recipients of unemployment insurance should be required to sign up for a job training program.

Newt Gingrich comes to FL after a  big win in South Carolina

Newt Gingrich won big in Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary.

WUSF's Carson Cooper sat down with StateImpact Florida's John O'Connor, who covered the 2004 and 2008 presidential primaries for The State, South Carolina's most influential newspaper.

With Newt Gingrich’s win in South Carolina, Florida’s GOP primary becomes just that much more important. So voters can expect a barrage of negative ads, many funded by Super PACs, to flood the airwaves.

Recent Episode Updates

An increasingly purple state?

Florida Matters takes a look at the impact of the nation's shifting demographics on the election, and why that has some Republicans scrambling to change their image.We also take a look at how this will play out in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 contests. We talk with USF political science professor Susan MacManus, Tampa Tribune political reporter William March and Republican consultant April Schiff.

In the final days before the Florida GOP primary, and we’re speaking with top political experts about what to expect, and what it all means.

Joining us is Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, GOP political consultant Mark Proctor, and USF political scientist Susan MacManus.

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