Map Of The Day

Jan 31 2012 @ 6:44pm

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Micah Cohen captions:

[T]he Tampa region is the most representative of the state and the first one to keep track of on Tuesday night. If Mr. Romney has a solid lead there, the networks may be more comfortable calling the state early.

To see whether Romney can win the Southern states, the Dish will be watching the Panhandle. How Cohen describes it:

This area resembles the states that it borders, Alabama and Georgia. Panhandle Republicans are the state’s most socially conservative. The western Panhandle is dotted with military bases, and is home to a large contingent of active and retired military personnel. This is Gingrich and Rick Santorum country.