TALLAHASSEE, Fl. - Mitt Romney followed up a double digit loss to Newt Gingrich in South Carolina, with a big win in Florida.
Exit polling showed a gender gap is one reason Romney scored a double digit victory in Florida's GOP primary.
Women abandoned Gingrich in droves.
Returns from 98% of Florida's precincts showed Romney with 46% of the vote to 32% for Gingrich, the former house speaker.
For the first time in the campaign, exit polls showed a gender gap and it worked to Romney's advantage.
He was leading Gingrich 52 to 28 among women votes and was winning men by a smaller margin of 41 to 36.
Gingrich has been married three times.
Only about half of women voters said they had a favorable view of him as a person, compared to about eight in ten for Romney.
Gingrich vowed to press on despite the setback.
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