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florida votes in primary Voters in the Florida Republican presidential primary are shown at a polling place in Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida, on January 31. (Photo: REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

Election 2012: Florida Voters Have Their Say

Economy, electability top issues on primary day

By Albert Ordonez | February 1 , 2012

On Tuesday, Florida voters headed to the polls to take part in the Republican presidential primary. Florida is a key state in determining who the Republican nominee will be.

At polling places in Miami, voters said they were looking for many qualities in their candidate. Among the many traits voters considered were leadership, experience, honesty, and the ability to be a good President.

These were veteran voters. They had participated in at least four prior primaries. These people were looking for a candidate who cared about the things they cared about. The top issue for all of these voters was the economy. Voters said they needed a candidate who is going to be able to pull the state and nation out of this economic slump.

They also wanted someone who was focused on immigration, foreign policy, and a smaller government.

Another factor voters considered when they went to the polls was whether the candidate selected as the Republican nominee would be able to defeat President Barack Obama. The voters I spoke with thought either Ron Paul or Mitt Romney had the best chance to unseat President Obama.

The four major candidates competing for their votes were Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum. I went to some polling places in my community to talk to voters.

One person I spoke with didn't think any candidate was strong enough.

"NO ONE will be able to defeat Obama because there has been too much mud-slinging going on," the voter told me. "Politics has become too divisive."

But someone had to win the Florida primary, and that was Mitt Romney. He won the primary with 46 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich came in second, followed by Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

Read Kid Reporter Shelby Fallin's story about the Florida primary for more on Romney's victory and what comes next. And stay tuned to the Kids Press Corps and Scholastic News Online for the latest from the campaign trail!

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