NOWist Joy-Ann Reid posted this originally at TheGrio.com - the full post is linked below.
After suffering a big loss in South Carolina, former Republican front-runner Mitt Romney faces a tough road in Florida, where the January 31 primary gives him perhaps his last, best chance to slow Newt Gingrich down.
Democrats are gleefully awaiting the Romney-Gingrich slugfest, with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz hosting a Sunday conference call “welcoming” the battered Romney campaign to Florida, and state Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Arceneaux issuing a weekend statement pouring salt in Romney’s wounds, saying that after Saturday’s “embarrassing loss in South Carolina and on the heels of losing the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney enters the Sunshine State with the cloud over his campaign growing larger and on the wrong side of the expectations game.”
And while Romney continues to lead most Florida polls (for now at least) he’s in the hot seat in next week’s primary, which not long ago was seen as his likely coronation as the Republican presidential nominee. Now, Florida promises to be a brutal, high stakes showdown between the wounded Romney, and the surging Gingrich.
Here are the ten biggest factors that could swing the sunshine state.