MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The polls are closed and tabulations for the Republican presidential primary have begun in most of the Sunshine State.

The polls closed at 7 p.m. Eastern time in the Florida peninsula. They remain open an hour later in the Panhandle, which is on Central time.

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Florida voting officials are expecting about 2 million ballots to be cast, which would be a record for the Republican primary.

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Polls taken before the  vote showed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with a comfortable lead over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Texas Congressman Ron Paul stopped campaigning in the state.

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