In Tuesday's Florida GOP race, John McCain packed in most of the votes.
After a week of hurling accusations at each other, John McCain beat out Mitt Romney in the final round at the polls.
McCain's victory in Florida makes him the front runner for the Republicans. He has more delegates and more momentum than any other candidate going into next week's "Super Tuesday."
As McCain gains new life in the race, former frontrunner Rudy Giuliani looks poised to bow out of contention.
McCain Left Standing
McCain now considers himself the man whom can bring Republican voters together to topple the top Democratic contender, come November.
"It shows one thing - I'm the conservative leader who can unite the party," McCain stated after receiving news of his early victory. "It's a very significant boost, but I think we've got a tough week ahead and a lot of states to come."
McCain's victory scored him 57 national convention delegates, putting the Arizona senator into the overall lead among other GOP presidential contenders.
Take a look at who Florida Republicans are supporting at the primary polls:
Latest Numbers at the Florida Polls
|John McCain ||693,425 ||36 percent |
|Mitt Romney ||598,152 ||31 percent |
|Rudy Giuliani ||281,755 ||15 percent |
|Mike Huckabee ||259,703 ||13 percent |
|Ron Paul ||62,060 ||3 percent |
|Fred Thompson ||22,287 ||1 percent |
|Alan Keyes ||4,003 ||0 percent |
|Duncan Hunter ||2,787 ||0 percent |
|Tom Tancredo ||1,556 ||0 percent |
The above numbers include 6,900 of 6,913 precincts (99 percent). McCain won all 57 delegates.
Second Place Not Good Enough
Even though Romney didn't see any light in the Sunshine State, his hopes were not darkened.
"At a time like this, America needs a president in the White House who actually had a job in the real economy," the former businessman said before promising not to bow out of the race.
A Technical Knockout?
It seems that Rudy Giuliani may have suffered the biggest blow of all in Florida.
However, he did all he could to tiptoe around officially throwing in the towel.
"We'll stay involved and together we'll make sure that we'll do everything we can to hand our nation off to the next generation better than it was before," the disappointed leader-turned-underdog declared.
Huckabee said he would shake off the blow and revive his efforts beyond Florida's borders.
If you're a Republican in the Sunshine State and you're planning to have a say about whom you'll see delivering the next State of the Union address, there's a 33 percent chance you're 65 or older.
Nearly half of GOP supporters in Florida believe the economy to be the key issue in the race.
Less than 20 percent of Florida Republicans deemed terrorism, the Iraq war or immigration the number one issue.
Is race a determining factor at the polls? Let's take a look.
About 80 percent of Republicans voting in Florida are white, nearly 10 percent are Hispanic and a nominal percentage are black.
Votes in the Bank
After heavy campaigning, each GOP candidate in the Florida primary looked to fill his pockets with votes.
McCain, the prizewinner in the contest, added 57 GOP delegates to his account. There were no consolation prizes for the losers.
So far, here's what the contenders have deposited in their delegates' bank.
John McCain now has 93, Romney posts 59, Huckabee boasts 40 and Giuliani registers a modest 1.
On the blue side, Hillary Clinton scored a decisive victory over Obama and Edwards in Florida, but she gained no delegates to show for it.
Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press