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Poll: Romney Opens 22 Point Lead In Fla.

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C) waves to his supporters during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. The first vote of the 2012 battle for the White House headed late Tuesday for a nail-biter finish as Iowans picked a Republican standard-bearer to take on President Barack Obama in November. With nearly nine in 10 of Iowa caucus ballots tallied, just a handful of votes separated frontrunner Mitt Romney and surging social conservative Rick Santorum, with veteran Representative Ron Paul hot on their heels. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (C) waves to his supporters during his caucus night rally following republican caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa, on January 3, 2012. The first vote of the 2012 battle for the White House headed late Tuesday for a nail-biter finish as Iowans picked a Republican standard-bearer to take on President Barack Obama in November. With nearly nine in 10 of Iowa caucus ballots tallied, just a handful of votes separated frontrunner Mitt Romney and surging social conservative Rick Santorum, with veteran Representative Ron Paul hot on their heels. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s beginning to look like the Florida Primary may be over before it even gets started January 31.

According to a new Rasmussen Poll, Mitt Romney is supported by 41 percent of the GOP electorate. That far outpaces his nearest rivals, Newt Gingrich at 19 percent and Rick Santorum at 15 percent.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman are next in line with nine and five percent. Texas governor Rick Perry is dead last in the race at just two percent.

Rasmussen also found that Romney is leading Santorum by just 3 points in South Carolina over Santorum, 27-24 percent.

The declining poll numbers for Gingrich has prompted some to speculate that he may be planning to drop his campaign and throw his support behind Santorum.

Gingrich and Santorum have split the ultra-conservative vote in the GOP and a union between the two could give Romney serious trouble if Santorum can keep all of Gingrich’s voters.

The survey by Rasmussen of likely Florida Republican primary voters was conducted Wednesday and has a margin of error of +/- 4 points.

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