Story from Breitbart:
MIAMI (AP) – Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, gaining the upper hand in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination ahead of next week’s contests across 21 states and lining up a quick endorsement from soon-to-be dropout Rudy Giuliani.
“It shows one thing. I’m the conservative leader who can unite the party,” McCain said after easing past former Massachusetts Gov, Mitt Romney in a hard-fought contest.
“It’s a very significant boost, but I think we’ve got a tough week ahead and a lot of states to come,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the Democratic winner in a primary held in defiance of national rules that drew no campaigning and awarded no delegates.
The victory was worth 57 national convention delegates for McCain, a winner-take-all haul that catapulted him ahead of Romney for the overall delegate lead.
Giuliani ran third, his best showing of the campaign but not nearly good enough for the one-time front-runner who decided to make his last stand in a state that is home to tens of thousands of transplanted New Yorkers.
Big win for McCain, but the biggest news may be that Giuliani plans on dropping out and endorsing McCain. Word is it will happen tomorrow (1/30/08) before the CNN Republican debate.
Will have McCain’s victory speech up shortly.
Here’s McCain’s victory speech video:
On to Super Tuesday…