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January 29th, 2012
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State of the Union Early Bird for January 29, 2012

 (CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

It's a Florida edition of the Early Bird, with its primary just two days away.

Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interview with GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul today at 9am/12pm ET.

GOP 2012

Mitt Romney holds solid lead in Florida, Times/Herald/Bay News 9 poll shows

A new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll found Romney easily beating Newt Gingrich among likely Republican primary voters, with 42 percent support to Gingrich's 31 percent. Rick Santorum trails with 14 percent, followed by Ron Paul at 6 percent.

Romney leads in every region of the state — and by 16 percentage points in Tampa Bay. The two Republican front-runners are closest in conservative North Florida, where Romney has 36 percent support and Gingrich 31 percent.

Paul Says He Has No Intention of Dropping Out

Paul dismissed suggestions he would back any of his GOP rivals.

"I think that's premature. We have a ways to go," Paul said, adding he was glad they were speaking favorably about some of his libertarian-leaning views.

Republican Ron Paul to campaign in Colorado on Tuesday

Ron Paul will make a series of campaign stops along the Front Range on Tuesday — one week before Colorado Republicans hold their Feb. 7 caucuses.

Gingrich teams works on 'persuading the undecided' in Florida

Romney gains momentum in Florida; Cain endorses Gingrich

The former House speaker, who has drawn large and enthusiastic crowds all week, said he would become the nominee if he wins Florida. And if he doesn’t, he said, he would be back in Tampa for this summer’s Republican National Convention.

“I will go all the way to the convention,” Gingrich said. “I expect to win the nomination. You just had two national polls that show me ahead. Why don’t you ask Governor Romney what he will do if he loses since he is behind in both national polls?”

In Florida, Romney vs. Gingrich is a fight for GOP's direction


A Governor Still Trying to Become a Politician

Florida's calendar crashing pays off


Gingrich campaign brings up comparison of Republican revolutions

“The difference is that Gingrich had managed to focus the anger of the Republican Party on clear, specific legislative goals,” said Steven Gillon, a professor at the University of Oklahoma who has watched Gingrich’s career. “Whereas, the Republicans in this Congress are simply angry.”

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