Gingrich the Favorite in Florida

Nate Silver's model gives him a 75% chance of victory, with some 'buts'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2012 2:00 PM CST
Newt Gingrich,and his wife Callista meet with supporters at Wings Plus Restaurant, Jan. 25, 2012, in Coral Springs, Fla.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – With Florida less than a week away, Nate Silver is busily crunching the numbers, and while the polls are a tad contradictory, they do show a clear favorite: Newt Gingrich. Indeed, Silver's system gives Gingrich a whopping 75% chance of victory, although that "seems like too confident a prediction, frankly," he writes for the New York Times. Gingrich has only a modest poll lead, after all, and Romney does have some advantages.

Romney, for example, has focused on Florida longer, has poured some $14 million into ads there (counting super PAC ads), and may have built a bit of an early voting lead. But Gingrich has advantages, too: He's from neighboring Georgia, and does well with Florida's elderly residents. "The non-polling factors do not clearly favor one or the other candidate, in my view," Silver concludes, making "Gingrich the favorite for now—but not a clear favorite."

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